Roynon Museum of Paleontology In Downtown Escondido


Open daily:
Mon-Fri: 1pm – 5pm
Sat: 10am – 4pm
Sun: Closed
457 East Grand Avenue in historic downtown Escondido

This fun and educational Roynon Museum of Earth Science & Paleontology was established in 2000 as a non-profit foundation.Roynon logo web400 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.

The museum is a plethora of knowledge brought about by way of the thousands of specimens that have been acquired thought the years bringing into focus the overall picture of paleontology. Mr. and Mrs. Roynon add specimens to the museum each year on their travels throughout the United States.

For the past 15 years the museum has been dedicated solely to the education of school children, scouts and community groups. The next chapter in the museum’s history will include the general public.

r1 33786098058_2855742830248348120_oA docent at the museum will take you through a sequence of life from the Precambrian to the Pleistocene showing actual fossils. Also the physical events in the earth’s history, such as changing climates, volcanism, plate tectonics, and mass extinctions are brought to focus as to their overall effects on living forms.

Mr. Roynon began collecting his first fossils as a young child growing up in Santa Cruz, CA. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree at Seattle Pacific University, and continuing his education in geology at the University of Washington, he and his wife, Judy, relocated to Escondido, CA where he continued to expand his collection. Judy Roynon has been teaching elementary school in Escondido for many years. Both have devoted a lifetime towards the education of children.

For more information about the Museum, plan a visit, make a donation or inquire about becoming a volunteer docent, go to or call 442.999.4449.
Mornings available by appointment. Tours and classes, call to book.
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Keith Roynon has spent a lifetime collecting fossils, skeletons and replicas of skeletal discoveries.    Photo: Peggy Peattie

New digs found for dinosaur museum
Roynon museum to move to downtown Escondido following a decade-plus in garage
By J. Harry Jones
U-T San Diego, June 24, 2015

A small paleontology museum that has been operating out of a converted garage in a residential Escondido neighborhood for the past 15 years has found a new home and will be moving this summer.

The Roynon Museum of Paleontology, soon to be renamed the Roynon Museum of Earth Science and Paleontology, will relocate to a storefront at 457 E. Grand Ave. in downtown Escondido near the old Palomar Hospital building.

The larger space is “a must,” said Keith Roynon, the museum’s longtime owner.

“We need to move on and upward and we need to get a big museum so we can start getting some large-bodied dinosaurs …,” said Roynon, 76.

“It’s been a hard grind to try and find a place we could afford to get into, but we finally did it.”

Jeannie Nutter, the museum’s assistant director, called the expansion Roynon’s “lifelong dream.”

“He has been collecting exhibits for the museum for over 70 years,” she said. “He’s excited he’ll finally have a place to showcase everything in a way it should be.”

The museum will have about 3,000 square feet of floor space with room to grow and for the first time will be open to the general public, not just school groups.

Roynon, a retired antiques dealer, has been collecting fossils all his life.

Read complete U-T San Diego article HERE.




Roynon Museum of Paleontology Relocates To Downtown Escondido