Michigan is a fossil rich state with many sites for fossil digging and museums exhibits on display. Having once been covered with a salt water sea, corals and trilobites are common findings.
Once the sea waters drained away, The land became an ideal habitat for Mastodons and woolly mammoths. The American Mastodon became Michigan's state fossil in 2002. One of the most complete mastodon skeletons was found in Owosso,Michigan and a 30 footprint track was found near Ann Arbor, Michigan. A replica of this track way can be seen at the University of Michigan's museum of natural history. Also on display are skeletons of both a Mastodon and woolly mammoth.
The Besser museum of northeast Michigan in Alpena has an on site fossil quarry where visitors can look for fossil treasures of their own. Visitors are welcomed to keep what they find. besser museum also offers workshops with Paleo Joe, showing how to clean fossils and fossil hunting.
The Michigan state university museum showcases a Hall of Evolution with a T.Rex skull and Skeletons of Allosaurus and Stegosaurus. Various fossilized bones, teeth and remains of dinosaurs and prehistoric life are also on Display.
New traveling Museum exhibits at Cranbook institute of science and Grand rapids public museum are also bringing more dinosaur exhibits to Michigan.Cranbrooks exhibit focus's on dinosaurs of the lost world and is on display until June 2014! The Exhibit features over 60 different replica's of dinosaur skeletons.
The Grand rapids public museum's new exhibit is Dinosaur's unearthed! Opening Oct. 26th 2013. with full scale animatronic dinosaurs. The exhibit focuses on the discovery of feathered dinosaurs. The exhibit runs until 2014. http://www.grmuseum.org/