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 and Visitor Center is dedicated to the study and public understanding of the paleontological resources of the John Day region. Colorful murals, fossil displays, and a fishbowl paleontology laboratory are some of the main features for visitors to enjoy.
What can you do at the Center?
Before you visit, know the Operating Hours of the center. While you are there, enjoy the 18-minute park orientation film and browse through the Discover Your Northwest Bookstore. Our exhibits display over 500 fossil specimens from the John Day Fossil Beds. Scientifically accurate murals depict the environments in which these plants and animals lived. Speakers in the exhibits provide an audio representation of these extinct species may have sounded like. Viewing windows into the laboratory and collections area allow the public to watch scientists actively studying fossils. (You can also watch our paleo cam on our webcams page.)