Richfield Springs, New York: Petrified Creatures Museum (Closed)Oddly-proportioned, brightly painted dinosaurs speak to you from push-button mailboxes. Opened in 1934. One-of-a-kind. Reported closed in 2016.
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Petrified Creatures Museum
This is probably the grandest title for a backyard museum I've ever heard of. Oh, and it's for sale if you want it.
After paying the admission fee, I was instructed to push the button at each dinosaur station (the proprietor noted that the dinosaur recordings were really for the kids). Each dinosaur spoke a bit about itself in a caricature/cartoon voice, including "ferocious roars" for the T-Rex.
This T-Rex is undergoing repair. His large spike nail teeth look far more menacing than his tree branch arms... and the fact that he has all the powerful appearance of a large black trash can.[Chris Schierer, 09/14/2007]
The place is still there, but is advertised incorrectly. If you're going there to dig -- or in this case chisel -- out fossils, then it's a good bet. It made my 10 year old very happy. The little store has some cool fossils and rocks as well. The other dino exhibits are really in the backyard of a house and are a joke except for the very young. You can tell that original person who set this up had a real interest in the area and fossils, but no budget to pull it off. If you go, do it to carve out some fossils.[Vic, 07/29/2007]
The museum is still running, and most of the figures have had new paint jobs. They all seem to be much brighter. The T-Rex is undergoing some restoration work. A short chat with the proprietress revealed that the place is still for sale, and that attendance is very disappointing this season.[Kirsten Swanson, 07/28/2005]
The Petrified Creatures Museum is definitely NOT closed. The owner just repainted the four flourescent dinos this year.[Debra Seltzer, 07/30/2000]
I recommend the Petrified Creatures Museum of Natural History, Richland Springs. It was fun fun fun last year when I visited. They are open memorial day to Labor Day. We learned about fossils and prehistoric life that roamed the earth 300 million years ago! Husband, kida and l dug for fossils and found a lot. The gift shop had tons of dinosaur stuff, rocks minerals and exotic stuff from around the world. Preserved butterflies, polished gems etc. The staff are friendly and helpful.[Sally Kennedy, 06/13/1999]
Good to hear Petrified Creatures is open -- the founder died in 1997.
Petrified Creatures Museum
- East of Richfield Springs near Warren on Rt. 20, south side of road.
- June 2016: Reported closed