Starting this month, our friends at the Academy of Natural Sciences will be graced with the presence of 13 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, straight up Jurassic Park style.
Dinosaurs Unearthed has been exhibiting since 2005 in museums, zoos, and science centers all over the country. The team behind the exhibition includes leading paleontologists and highly skilled artists who spent years creating the state-of-the art, hand-carved animatronic creatures.
The custom technology inside the dinosaurs allows for stunningly natural movement and gestures that makes them positively come to life before your eyes. The animatronic line-up includes plenty of recognizable models, as well as some with lesser known features like highly detailed protofeathers—a discovery made about the development of some young dinosaurs in just the last decade.
The goal of Dinosaurs Unearthed is to remove the fictional view many of us have about the dinosaurs. The experience of seeing, for example, a velociraptor and protoceratops in a standoff seconds before battle turns the mystery of their time period into something more easily understood and appreciated. Visitors will feel immersed in their world, and by the end of the exhibit will find a new perspective of these creatures that were once living, breathing animals inhabiting our planet.
Along with the fascinating animatronics, the exhibit also includes full-size Jurassic skeletons, fossils including an Oviraptor egg, plus a hands-on dig site for aspiring archaeologists. Oh, and did I mention a 40-foot T. Rex will serve as the exhibit’s welcoming committee, standing outside the museum entrance through March?
October 12 – March 30