“A bank. How exciting.”
It is. First off, it’s a great example of colonial-era architecture of which there are not many. More importantly, there is a large exhibition hall inside that contains a very decent collection of dinosaur and dinosaur-era fossils. Most of the great dinosaur species, like the Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, and various wickedly-posed Velociraptors are represented as are the major contemporary swimming and flying reptiles like Ichthyosaurs, Plesiosaurs, and Pterodactyls. In addition, they have a great collection of various dinosaur eggs along with locally-discovered marine fossils. Notably missing were any Ceratopsids and the Stegasaurus, however you can get amazingly close to the fossilized skeleton of the heavily-plated Ankylosaur.
It’s almost like the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (my favorite museum in the world, BTW), defaulted on a loan and Land Bank repossessed some of the coolest exhibits. Yes, the exhibition space is small, but the space is densely packed and organized well.
If you have small children in that ‘dinosaur period’ like I do, it is more than worth the visit. Here are a few more photos of the dinosaur fossils exhibit.