The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology is the only nationally accredited museum located on a secondary school campus—The Webb Schools. The vision for the museum was born on a camping trip in 1936 led by the late Raymond Alf, a Webb biology teacher with a penchant for searching for fossils. Today the museum holds over 140,000 specimens, with exhibits divided into the “Hall of Life,” which traces the history of earth from the first cells through human civilization, and the “Hall of Footprints,” which holds the most diverse display of fossilized animal tracks in the United States. Students from The Webb Schools are involved in every aspect of the museum, from fossil collection to scientific research. Donald Lofgren is Director of the Alf Museum.
The Alf Museum, where the skeleton of “Joe” the Dinosaur is normally displayed, is open to the public. For more information, see the museum webpage. (Note: “Joe” is on tour in Japan until January 2017. But, you can still visit the Alf Museum and see other great fossils in the meantime!)