Dickinson Dinosaur Museum to Open Doors Once Again

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Dickinson is re-opening its dinosaur museum, but changes will only take place overtime.

The corporation that once owned the museum donated its exhibits to the city.

Since it opened its doors in 1994, the Dakota Dinosaur Museum has brought life to town.

"It was definitely very exciting for a kid, kids all love dinosaurs," said Tyler Schoch, Stark County Historical Society Board president.

Though it wasn't until later that Schoch realized his appreciation of learning about the past. His goal is to encourage others to do the same.

"We get visitors from all over the United States, and I think that its something that not even just the tourists but the local people need to embrace," Schoch said.

Schoch is looking forward to the city's plan to have the museum and its neighbor, the Joachim Museum, work as one attraction.

Just the Joachim Museum alone had 9,000 visitors in 2015, and the hope is that they can bring even more people in the future.

"We hope to open the dinosaur museum longer, in terms of days, hopefully year-round," said Shawn Kessel, city administrator.

Earlier this week the city reviewed proposals from architects on the connection of the two museums. The museum's new coordinator starts next month.

Next week the city will be interviewing for the museum's curator.​