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Longmont Museum opens hands-on dinosaur exhibition

Post Date:05/19/2017 12:49 PM


Opening June 3 at the Longmont Museum, Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas, is an engaging exhibition that will reveal a vivid picture of what living, breathing dinosaurs were really like! This exhibition introduces how current thinking about dinosaur biology has changed over the past two decades and highlights current research by scientists from the American Museum of Natural History and other leading paleontologists around the world. Find out how advanced technologies allow scientists to look at fossils in fresh ways. Examine touchable, realistic models and casts, and see dinosaurs walk, run and move their long necks in fantastic computer simulations.

Visitors will also get to see real bones from a T-Rex found in Littleton, authentic dinosaur tracks, and a soil sample of the K-T boundary, which shows the point in time 65 million years ago when many scientists believe the asteroid that caused mass extinction of the dinosaurs hit the Earth.

Kids can get their hands dirty excavating bones in the Museum’s dinosaur dig pit, pretend they are part of the Jurassic Period in creative costumes, design their own dinosaur, assemble 3-D puzzles and more. In the courtyard, visitors can feed a brood of chickens – the feathered, living descendants of dinosaurs!

This exhibition is presented by Xilinx and made possible through the additional support of Adams Bank & Trust, BioLife, Stephen James Alexander, Tractor Supply, and the Boulder County Fair. This exhibition is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York in collaboration with California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; The Field Museum, Chicago; Houston Museum of Natural Science; and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh.


Media Preview – Friday, June 2 from 10 am – Noon. RSVP to Joan Harrold or contact for a different preview time as needed. Photo/video opps and private interviews with exhibition curators.

Opening Reception – Friday, June 2, 6 – 8 pm
$8 adults, $5 students/seniors
Be the first to explore the Longmont Museum’s new hands-on dinosaur exhibit while enjoying complimentary BBQ from Longmont’s own Rib House! Meet special guest paleo-puppeteer Mr. Bones.

Exhibition dates – June 3, 2017 – January 14, 2018 

WHERE:  The Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd. in Longmont, Colorado

COST: $8 adults, $5 students/seniors, Museum members free, children age 3 and under free

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