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Upcoming Events


Raptor Run 2024

Bring the family for a night of fun to help raise money for the Missouri Institute of Natural Science and Riverbluff Cave! Participants can run or walk the 5K.  Funds from this fundraiser will benefit the museum and aid in continued research within Riverbluff Cave.


Dino Camp 2024

Join us for an unforgettable experience this Summer at the Missouri Institute of Natural Science.  Each day will include hands-on activities and opportunities to interact with artifacts at the museum. Campers will learn about our planet's exciting prehistoric past!

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In The News


Missouri Institute of Natural Science in Springfield unveils new dinosaur find

June 17, 2022

Kaitlyn Schumacher


The geologists worked on a dig in Wyoming for a 66 million-year-old Nodasour. And they brought it back to Springfield. This is a rare find. There are more T-Rex skeletons than nodosaur skeletons. There are hundreds of pieces of the armored dino waiting to be unpacked and cleaned up before it can be put on display.


7 things you may not know about Missouri’s caves

May 25, 2022

Randy Mason

The Kansas City Star

Missouri is known as The Cave State, probably because it has over 7,000 documented caves.

Riverbluff Cave in Springfield was discovered on Sept. 11, 2001, when a road construction crew noticed a small opening. It led into the oldest Ice Age fossil cave in North America. Riverbluff isn’t open to the public, but fossils and minerals found in it are displayed nearby at the Missouri Institute of Natural Science. Matt Forir, the geologist who first explored the cave., described his experience this way: “When you’re in a place with such a deep, rich prehistoric history, if you’re not in awe there’s something wrong with you.”


MINS Named Top Free Activity for 2020

January 9, 2020

Jan Peterson

Springfield News Leader

At this time of year, resolutions are swarming — lose weight, clean out the closet, save money. Losing weight and getting organized can be monumental challenges. Fortunately, free or cheap entertainment is not. Here in the Ozarks, we have a slew of great ways to enjoy our downtime for free. If you are among those who have resolved to spend less without sacrificing a good time, here are a few ideas to get you rolling.


Geologists work to find hidden network of mines underneath Greene County

November 26, 2019

Katie Kull

Springfield News-Leader

I've never considered myself to be much of a scientist. In school I'd get frustrated with how long it took to set up the experiments. I felt bad for the frogs and rats we dissected in biology, and a lot of science requires doing math. So when I called Greene County Geologist Matt Forir last week to set up an interview for a story, I suspended my biases toward science, thinking it'd be cool to learn about the county's caves, sinkholes and fault lines from the only county-level geologist in the country. What I did not realize was that I'd be a part of a geological discovery.


Old as the Hills (or Caves); the Missouri Institute of Natural Science

March 21, 2019

Dr. David Cornelison


Even though Missouri is not typically thought of as a place for fossils, we are not without our share. In fact, the rocks are littered with the remnants of animals that once called this place (albeit a very different version) home. Of course, Missouri is known as a place of caves, and the discovery of the Riverbluff cave system, which held remnants of animal life from the ice age, brought together a group with an interest in natural history, fossils and the Ozarks. They created the Missouri Institute of Natural History in 2003 and have been welcoming visitors and promoting education in our area ever since. Listen in as Matt Forir, the Executive Director of the institute, and I chat about his passion for fossils, the institute’s goals and the exciting world of discovery it contains.


Local dinosaur bone hunters discovering new fossils

June 2, 2017

Paul Adler


Between Lusk and Newcastle, Wyoming A local group of Dinosaur hunters is wrapping up a trip to Wyoming today. They'll be back home this weekend with new bones for display at the Missouri Institute of Natural Science.


The Missouri Institute of Natural Science Is Looking For Funds

March 4, 2016

Brennon Gurle


The Missouri Institute of Natural Science in Springfield gazes toward continuing to educate generations of future scientists, but needs funds to continue.

The museum doesn't charge admission, the staff is made up of volunteers, so to help with funding, they're turning to the community for help.

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