Museum of World Treasures
The Museum of World Treasures is a natural and cultural history museum founded in 2001 by Dr. Jon and Lorna Karadatzke. The museum features exhibits displaying a wide variety of natural and human artifacts from around the world. Exhibits cover topics such as the Cenozoic era (the period after the dinosaurs), Asian art and artifacts, World War II, European royal history, the American West, ancient history, and pre-hispanic art. The museum also features Ivan, a 38-foot long T-Rex skeleton (and other dinosaur specimens). If alive he would have weighed over 10,000 pounds. Ivan, who was found in the Hell Creek deposit in South Dakota—where many other dinosaur fossils have been found—is the only T-Rex found with a complete set of vertebrae. Next to Ivan is another interesting artifact: a portion of the Berlin Wall (it is too heavy and too tall to be in the World War II exhibit).
Backstory and Context
Each floor of the museum has its own exhibit. The first floor is where the dinosaurs are located, sea creatures, ancient mummies from Egypt, and civilizations throughout the world. The second floor is more gallery type settings. Signatures from all of the American presidents, leaders throughout Europe, Weapons from various wars—including the Civil War, both world wars, and the Vietnam War—are also on display. The third floor contains artifacts from the old West times, such as Native Americans, to artifacts used by famous sports team players.