For those of you who’ve been near the Royal B.C Museum building lately there’s no doubt that you’ve likely spotted the giant dinosaur in the courtyard. That’s because, as of May 17 Victoria locals are being treated to a special Dinosaur exhibition on loan to us from the American Museum of Natural History, New York. The exhibition is running from May 17, September 16, 2012 and is a fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal (you can even touch million year old fossils) and catch a prehistoric display with some modern day twists! Some of the highlights of the exhibit include hands on activities for kids, scale model recreation of a prehistoric environment (apparently with some 400+ creatures hiding and waiting for you to discover them), interactive computer simulations, amazing fossils, and more. I was fortunate enough to have been included in a special preview tour of the exhibit, guided by the Museum Director of Exhibitions and Curator of Paleontology.
Dinosaurs became extinct approximately 65 million years ago, however, nobody really knows exactly how or why. We may have some ideas, however, this exhibition will introduce you to a number of the potential causes for their extinction.
Some details of the exhibit… Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries is a ground-breaking exhibition that highlights ongoing, cutting-edge dinosaur research by American Museum of Natural History paleontologists and other leading scientists from around the world. Imagine the thrill of discovering something new about a creature that lived millions of years ago.
Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries the exhibition includes:
- Gigantic life-size cast skeletons of T. rex and Stegosaurus.
- A stunning metallic 18-meter-long (60′) model of an Apatosaurus skeleton – the giant, longnecked sauropod that lived 150 million years ago during the Jurassic period.
- Mounted dinosaur skulls ranging from the three-horned Triceratops to the dome-headed Pachycephalosaurus.
- Interactive computer simulations and animations including a presentation of dinosaur extinction scenarios.
- An engaging suite of hands-on educational activities for young visitors.
- A walk-through diorama depicting the 130-million-year-old Liaoning forest in northeastern China.
- Royal BC Museum family programs, events and presentations.
Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the Houston Museum of Natural Science; the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; The Field Museum, Chicago; and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh.
- Museum Website: http://dinosaurs.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/
- Twitter hashtag: #RoyalDino
- Royal BC Museum on Google Maps
- VillageNow article
- Exhibit model panorama shot