Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

1175 West Baseline Road
Claremont, CA 91711-2199


Dinosaur lovers of all ages will adore this museum and all the awesome exhibits. The collection of fossils is astounding, and you are guaranteed to see things you have never seen before.

Learn all about your favorite dinosaurs, delve into the history of the museum and find out where these ancient fossils were discovered. There are activities for children and adults alike, and a wide variety of displays to enjoy.


The Hall of Life takes you from the beginning of human life through many years of changes. View dinosaur skeletons, skulls and many other artifacts. See the T-Rex as he once was. Get a glimpse at some dinosaur eggs. See the Amazon alligator skull fossil. Several other mammal fossils are showcased, such as three-toed horses and saber toothed cats.

The Hall of Footprints holds North America’s most complete collection of animal footprints you can find. Here you can see the footprints of North America’s oldest elephant, dinosaur foot prints, awesome bear-dog tracks, and even spider and scorpion footprints from creatures that are no longer living. Specimens found in Utah, California, Arizona and many other places are on display.

Children will love the special activity area designed just for them. They can play with the giant dinosaur puzzle. Dig in the dig pit. Compare themselves to the size of a dinosaur. They can even hear dinosaur sounds by pulling a lever. Craft activities are also offered so even the adults can get in on the fun. The museum only charges $6 per person, and children under 4 are free. Wednesdays are free days, so there is no charge. Donations are accepted. The museum offers special discounts on certain days, so be sure to inquire.


The museum, although small in size, makes up for it with the huge collections it holds inside. Spend a few hours and learn all about dinosaurs while viewing some amazing fossils. To make a day of your visit to the museum, why not head to the Claremont Memorial Park for some outdoor fun. Have a picnic outside and let the children play in the wading pool. This makes for a perfect end to your day.

If you are visiting later in the day, you might want to head to the Candlelight Pavilion Dinner theater for some awesome food and a musical show. A botanical garden is also located close by.


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