Museum Family Workshop on Fossil Replicas

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)–“Painting Fossil Replicas” is the subject of a series of family workshops on Saturday, February 4 at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands. The workshops will be held at 11 a.m., noon, and 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m. The cost is $1 per workshop plus regular museum admission. Workshop tickets will be available at the museum’s front desk starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4.

Participants will choose a replica of a real fossil and then learn how to paint it to look like an authentic fossil. The workshops are suitable for adults and children ages 5 and older.

“Creating realistic replicas of fossils is an important aspect of paleontology at the museum,” said Jolene Redvale, the museum’s curator of education. “Oftentimes, actual fossils are too delicate or too fragmentary for exhibition. Exact replicas allow museum visitors to see what fossils look like without the potential for harm to irreplaceable specimens, some of which are millions of years old.”

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5pm. General admission is $8 (adult), $6 (military or senior), $5 (student), and $4 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit

The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.

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