In 2005, the state of the art Thomas Condon Paleontology Center opened to the public. Named after the prominent 19th-century Oregon scientist who first recognized the significance of the fossil beds and did the first scientific collection and study of specimens, the 11,000 square foot center greatly improved the monument's ability to serve both the public and the scientific community. Performing a dual purpose, the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center is a National Park Service research facility dedicated to the study and public understanding of the paleontological resources of the John Day region.
What can you do at the Center?
Before you visit, know the Operating Hours of the Thomas Condon Paleonotlogy Center. While you are there, enjoy the 18-minute park orientation film and browse through the Discover Your Northwest Bookstore. The world-class museum displays over 500 fossil specimens chosen to represent the primary significance of the John Day Fossil Beds. Scientifically accurate murals visually represent the environments in which these animals lived and soundtracks provide an audible representation of these extinct species. Viewing windows into the laboratory and collections area allow the public to watch scientists actively studying fossils. A webcam is connected to the lab microscope to closely show fossils being prepared for study.
Where is it Located?
The Center is located in the Sheep Rock Unit of John Day Fossil Beds at 32651 Highway 19, Kimberly, OR 97848. It is approximately 8 miles northwest of the town of Dayville, Oregon and 19 miles south of the town of Kimberly, Oregon. Please visit the photo gallery below to see more pictures of the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center.