Roynon Museum of Earth Science & Paleontology

Roynon Museum of Earth Science & Paleontology I am sorry but we are now CLOSED. We are open to the public, no appointment necessary. We strive to offer a wide variety of educational and recreational programs to fit everyone’s needs.
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Mornings and weekends appointments are available. Earth Science & Paleontology Museum with a Gift Shop. General public, student classes, scout badge courses, groups, and private events.

Mornings and weekends appointments are available. Earth Science & Paleontology Museum with a Gift Shop. General public, student classes, scout badge courses, groups, and private events.

Operating as usual

07/02/2019

UPDATE...
YES, we will be open the following days and hours this week.
Monday 10 AM - 4 PM
Tuesday 10 AM - 4 PM
Wednesday 10 AM - 4 PM
Thursday CLOSED for independence Day
Friday 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM

GoFundMe from Robert Paolella
Hi everyone. I want to start by thanking everyone for their support to the Roynon Museum fundraiser and all the effort that has been put into promoting it. It's an incredible show of how well our community comes together when we're in need!

Unfortunately, the Roynon's have had some very serious troubles in their personal lives and their hardships aren't easing. Today, Mr. Roynon informed me that he has to step away from the museum and tend to his family which means closing down Roynon's Museum as we now know it. This coming Saturday will be their last day open. Needless to say, I have contacted GoFundMe and initiated a full refund to everyone for their generous donations. The generosity you've all shown cannot be overstated. If nothing else, our city has yet another feather in its cap of coming together as one and doing our best to help our fellow community members!

I believe there is still a lot of good that can come from this! Myself, George Weir, and Councilman Morasco are continuing to work towards that! Mr. Roynon and I spoke about other locations in Escondido where his wonderful artifacts can be housed for the entire city to appreciate. We are all committed to ensuring our community gets to benefit from this for generations to come!

I thank everyone again for what they've done, and please don't hesitate to reach out to me about this and what can still be done. This isn't an end, it's just a beginning of a new chapter in our city's very long and very wonderful history. Thank you for everything Mr. and Mrs. Roynon!

NBC 7
06/21/2019

NBC 7

After NBC 7 was finished I decided to treat myself to breakfast and had the BEST breakfast EVER at A Delight of France B...
06/21/2019

After NBC 7 was finished I decided to treat myself to breakfast and had the BEST breakfast EVER at A Delight of France Bakery and Bistro with lots of hugs and words of encouragement (along with some goodies for the Roynon Museum of Earth Science & Paleontology TEAM)! Thank you Alberta Reutter Agyan, you, and Greg, absolutely ROCK!

It was a pleasure having Angelos Papazis and Audra Stafford here at the museum yesterday and this morning.  We thank the...
06/21/2019

It was a pleasure having Angelos Papazis and Audra Stafford here at the museum yesterday and this morning. We thank them for their time and hope the news story helps us find a benefactor. Here are a few photos.

06/20/2019

Set your DVR or watch NBC 7 San Diego tomorrow morning to see us featured. Angelos Papazis, camera man and reporter, came out today to interview Mr. Roynon. Tomorrow morning Audra Stafford will be here doing live segments and also airing the news story done this morning. I will post the link tomorrow just in case you miss it or forget to set your DVR. Many thanks to NBC 7!

05/04/2019

8 News here yesterday
Fox 5 News here all day today
10 News here right now
Keep your fingers crossed that they will bring us the exposure we need.
Thank you to all the news crews and supporters!!!

Please come check out our "CLEARANCE 30% OFF" corner, there are some great deals!
04/05/2019

Please come check out our "CLEARANCE 30% OFF" corner, there are some great deals!

04/01/2019

We are looking for volunteers that would like to get involved once a week or a couple times a month? A retired person? Maybe a responsible high school student? How about a young adult? There must be someone out there that would like to be a part of our team. We need your friendly attitude, knowledge, and smile as either a docent or to help in the gift shop. Give us a call and learn how you can join our team. 442 999-4449.

03/07/2019

We are looking for volunteers that would like to get involved once a week or a couple times a month? A retired person? Maybe a responsible high school student? How about a young adult? There must be someone out there that would like to be a part of our team. We need your friendly attitude, knowledge, and smile as either a docent or to help in the gift shop. Give us a call and learn how you can join our team. 442 999-4449.

Great pictures from National Geographic.  If you enjoy these pictures, come visit our museum.  We have the following in ...
02/06/2019
23 Fossil Pictures Capture the Mystery and Beauty of Dinosaurs

Great pictures from National Geographic. If you enjoy these pictures, come visit our museum. We have the following in the museum you can see up close: Stan the T.rex, Psittacosaurus, Allosurus, Protoceratops, Hadrosaur, Triceratops, Velociraptor, Eggs, and Footprints. We hope to see you soon!
https://tinyurl.com/y9bz6odg

Go digging for paleontology treasures in National Geographic's archives.

02/01/2019

Are you thinking about what to get your Valentine? Think no more! We have unique gifts available that last a lifetime; whether you like dinosaurs, stones, or jewelry. Take a look...

12/20/2018

We have a lot of fun toys that make great gifts or stocking stuffers for geologists and paleontologists of all ages. Come check out our gift shop for gift ideas!

12/19/2018

How about something sparkly for that special someone??? We have a lot of beautiful jewelry, come on in and check out our gift shop! More ideas to come...

12/18/2018

We have more great fossils and rocks for your favorite geologist and paleontologist. Come check out our gift shop for gift ideas! Stay tuned for more ideas...

12/17/2018

We have a lot of great fossils for your favorite paleontologist. Come check out our gift shop for gift ideas! More ideas to come...

We just love hearing about new discoveries.  How about you???
12/17/2018
New Horned Dinosaur Discovered in Arizona | Paleontology | Sci-News.com

We just love hearing about new discoveries. How about you???

A new genus and species of herbivorous ceratopsid (horned) dinosaur being named Crittendenceratops krzyzanowskii has been discovered by paleontologists from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS).

12/14/2018

We have a lot of educational, but FUN, things for your favorite geologist and/or paleontologist. Come check out our gift shop for gift ideas! More ideas to come...

What a beautiful find with a fun name!http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/weewarrasaurus-pobeni-06691.html?utm_source=f...
12/06/2018
New Dinosaur Species Discovered in Australia: Weewarrasaurus pobeni | Paleontology | Sci-News.com

What a beautiful find with a fun name!
http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/weewarrasaurus-pobeni-06691.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BreakingScienceNews+%28Breaking+Science+News%29

Paleontologists in Australia have found a fossil fragment from a new species of ornithopod dinosaur that walked the Earth approximately 100 million years ago (Cretaceous period).

Roynon Museum of Earth Science & Paleontology's cover photo
12/06/2018

Roynon Museum of Earth Science & Paleontology's cover photo

11/24/2018

Please join us today for #ShopSmallEscondido and receive 10% off admission and the gift shop purchases, Check out our gift shop, we have great Christmas gifts for your dinosaur, fossil, or rock enthusiasts. We hope to see you!

11/22/2018

We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and are able to enjoy the day with family and friends.
Please come visit us on Saturday for "Small Business Saturday", we will be having specials all day!

We hope you will come visit us!
11/20/2018

We hope you will come visit us!

Roynon Museum of Earth Science & Paleontology's cover photo
11/17/2018

Roynon Museum of Earth Science & Paleontology's cover photo

IWe would have loved to see these dinosaur eggs before being fossilized, they would have been beautiful!
11/13/2018
Colorful discovery - Colo Spgs Gazette, 11/11/2018

IWe would have loved to see these dinosaur eggs before being fossilized, they would have been beautiful!

Picture a bird egg: Perhaps it’s the cocoa brown of a free-range chicken. Or a robin’s creamy blue-green. If it’s a quail egg, it has inky speckles.

Do you remember the Elephant Bird Egg we have in our museum?  If not, please visit again and you can check it out!
11/05/2018
Study: Elephant Birds were Nocturnal, Possibly Blind | Paleontology | Sci-News.com

Do you remember the Elephant Bird Egg we have in our museum? If not, please visit again and you can check it out!

In a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers from the University of Texas at Austin examined the neuroanatomy of two elephant bird species, Aepyornis maximus and A. hildebrandti, and found that the part of the elephant bird brain that processed vision was tiny,...

Happy belated National Fossil/Dinosaur Day (sorry, I should have post yesterday), I hope all of you hugged your favorite...
10/18/2018
National Fossil Day (U.S. National Park Service)

Happy belated National Fossil/Dinosaur Day (sorry, I should have post yesterday), I hope all of you hugged your favorite dinosaur! https://www.nps.gov/subjects/fossilday/index.htm

Join paleontologists, educators, and students in fossil-related events and activities across the country in parks, classrooms, and online during National Fossil Day. National Fossil Day is an annual celebration held to highlight the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance...

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Earth Science & Paleontology Museum with a Gift Shop. General public, student classes, scout badge courses, groups, and private events.

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Gift shop which includes rocks, minerals, fossils, jewelry, t-shirts, hats, toys, and so much more! Admission not required to visit or purchase from the gift shop.

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The Roynon Museum of Earth Science & Paleontology was established in 2000 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit Educational Foundation. The Foundation’s primary purpose is to educate students, scouts, and the general public in earth sciences, as well as to emphasize the meaning of the sequence of life throughout geological time.

We are located in Downtown Escondido, California, and invite you to come visit us. The museum is a plethora of knowledge brought about by way of the thousands of specimens that have been acquired throughout the years bringing into focus the overall picture of paleontology.

For 15 years the museum was dedicated solely to the education of school children, scouts, and community groups. Since September 2015, after moving to our new location, we have been able to open to the general public. Our classroom or entire museum is available to rent for events, meetings, and parties.

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Is the museum still open?
Crap, I didn't know about this place, now I want to go but it is closing :-(
What is the status on closing the museum? 😕
Here’s to the End of an Era - Announced by the Roynon Museum Geologists divide Earth’s long history into a series of time zones, from the origin of the planet, about 4.6 billion years ago, right up to the present day. The major divisions are called eras. Dinosaurs lived in the Mesozoic Era, which is divided into the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. But there is a very special Era which many of you were able to witness. That was the Roynon Era. It did not cover nearly as much time as the others but it was remarkable just the same. Starting in 1937 and still going strong today the Roynon Era is not coming to an end anytime soon. But one of the Periods within the Roynon Era is ending. It is the Period we refer to as the Museum Period. While official records put the Museum Period at 1998-2019, the foundation of the Period actually started about 1942 in Santa Cruz, CA. It saddens many of us to announce that the Roynon Museum of Earth Science and Paleontology will be closing its doors on June 29, 2019 for the last time. Mr. Keith Roynon has spent over 75 years building his collection. For the last twenty-five years or more, the main goal was to improve the quality and variety, that would best meet the needs of educating young children throughout San Diego County. It would be difficult to estimate how many children have walked through the museum’s doors and it has been exciting as some of those same children have now brought their own children to see the wonders, and yes, to meet Mr. Roynon. Mr. Roynon IS this museum. His stories, his way of exciting the children, along with his dedication and enthusiasm, are loved by everyone. Mr. Roynon has been working four or five days a week since we opened the current location. We have all encouraged him to retire and enjoy life. He and his wife still have a lot of living to do and we would love to see them having more time to do the things they enjoy. The fact is, this museum has been the joy of Mr. Roynon’s life, second only to his wife, Judy. This has been a very difficult decision and more than a few tears have been shed. But as they say, it is best to go out on top and we all feel that is where the museum is right now. So, what happens next? Specimens owned by the Museum’s Educational Foundation will be donated to another qualifying museum. Items belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Roynon will be put up for sale, donated or gifted. When asked, Mr. Roynon has stated, “It’s not about the money, it’s about getting these items where others can see and appreciate them, and hopefully learn something new or be inspired to delve into the field of paleontology or geology.” And what about all of you? We could never thank you enough for the encouragement and support you have shown through the years. We hope you will all stop by for a final visit. If you see something you like, make and offer. Shop in the gift shop as we will begin discounting items to prepare for closeout. And, sign our memory book, to let Mr. Roynon know what the museum has meant to you over the years. Please be sure to check the website for days we are closed since it is very flexible depending on volunteers available. We are going to miss all of you very much.
Here’s to the End of an Era - Announced by the Roynon Museum Geologists divide Earth’s long history into a series of time zones, from the origin of the planet, about 4.6 billion years ago, right up to the present day. The major divisions are called eras. Dinosaurs lived in the Mesozoic Era, which is divided into the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. But there is a very special Era which many of you were able to witness. That was the Roynon Era. It did not cover nearly as much time as the others but it was remarkable just the same. Starting in 1937 and still going strong today the Roynon Era is not coming to an end anytime soon. But one of the Periods within the Roynon Era is ending. It is the Period we refer to as the Museum Period. While official records put the Museum Period at 1998-2019, the foundation of the Period actually started about 1942 in Santa Cruz, CA. It saddens many of us to announce that the Roynon Museum of Earth Science and Paleontology will be closing its doors on June 29, 2019 for the last time. Mr. Keith Roynon has spent over 75 years building his collection. For the last twenty-five years or more, the main goal was to improve the quality and variety, that would best meet the needs of educating young children throughout San Diego County. It would be difficult to estimate how many children have walked through the museum’s doors and it has been exciting as some of those same children have now brought their own children to see the wonders, and yes, to meet Mr. Roynon. Mr. Roynon IS this museum. His stories, his way of exciting the children, along with his dedication and enthusiasm, are loved by everyone. Mr. Roynon has been working four or five days a week since we opened the current location. We have all encouraged him to retire and enjoy life. He and his wife still have a lot of living to do and we would love to see them having more time to do the things they enjoy. The fact is, this museum has been the joy of Mr. Roynon’s life, second only to his wife, Judy. This has been a very difficult decision and more than a few tears have been shed. But as they say, it is best to go out on top and we all feel that is where the museum is right now. So, what happens next? Specimens owned by the Museum’s Educational Foundation will be donated to another qualifying museum. Items belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Roynon will be put up for sale, donated or gifted. When asked, Mr. Roynon has stated, “It’s not about the money, it’s about getting these items where others can see and appreciate them, and hopefully learn something new or be inspired to delve into the field of paleontology or geology.” And what about all of you? We could never thank you enough for the encouragement and support you have shown through the years. We hope you will all stop by for a final visit. If you see something you like, make and offer. Shop in the gift shop as we will begin discounting items to prepare for closeout. And, sign our memory book, to let Mr. Roynon know what the museum has meant to you over the years. Please be sure to check the website for days we are closed since it is very flexible depending on volunteers available. We are going to miss all of you very much.
Fred and I really enjoyed this museum. Just what we needed to feel younger!!!!! J.D. was knowledgeable and very entertaining.
Checkout Google Doodle.
Hello Everyone, We just wanted to let you know that, in order to help save Woolly the Mammoth after his recent fall, we are hosting a fund-raising event to help garner donations for the museum. We are offering two Mammoth related designs, both related to helping the museum restore Woolly to his rightful place. 100% of proceeds from their sale will be donated directly back to the museum and the cost of his repair. We thought it might be a fun way to not only garner attention, but reward you for helping the museum. Please note, there are two links. Teepublic is 30% the first couple days after which it is a bit more expensive for shirts, but it will offer home goods in case you want something in the lines of a laptop case, notebook, or more! Etsy will provide shirts at a cheaper cost in the long run in case you catch the announcement after the sale ends. Links: https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/2835831-mammoth-protection-squad?store_id=138540 https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/2839614-save-the-mammoths https://www.etsy.com/shop/NerdWordApparel Thank you all for any help you can offer.
Great for classes and for Cub Scout geology requirements.