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 re going to miss all of you very much.
Please check our Hours page or see below for our current hours and closures as they may vary from week to week — And, come in to see the beautiful gifts (see below!) in our gift shop!
The Roynon Museum of Earth Sciences & Paleontology was established in 2000 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’re located in 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. Mr. and Mrs. Roynon add specimens to the museum each year on their travels throughout the United States.
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