There’s a New Dinosaur Adventure Coming This Summer to the Academy of Natural Sciences
Dinosaurs Around the World opens June 30
April 24, 2019
A new exhibition opening this summer at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University takes visitors back in time on a dinosaur adventure and a tour of an Earth very different from today.
Dinosaurs Around the World, opening Sunday, June 30, introduces museum visitors to more than a dozen animatronic dinosaurs that roamed the planet before the continents as we know them existed, when lush landscapes covered Africa and greenery was the norm in Antarctica. With advanced animatronics, a multi-layered narrative, fossils, authentic casts, cutting-edge research, and immersive design elements, visitors will experience the Age of Reptiles as it comes to life.
Dinosaurs Around the World invites young and old to grab their prehistoric passport to Pangea and discover how plate tectonics, land bridges and volcanic activity allowed dinosaurs to disperse to all corners of the globe, giving each of the seven continents its own unique selection of these giant reptiles.
During their 172-million-year reign, dinosaurs adapted into a variety of forms due to the conditions of the areas in which they lived. The exhibit includes more than a dozen examples, such as the mighty T. rex of North America, the swift Velociraptor of the Gobi Desert, the massive herbivore Amargasaurus from the tropical jungles of South America and more.
“The size and realism of the moving dinosaurs and the settings really transport you back in time,” said the Academy’s Senior Exhibits Director Jennifer Sontchi. “It’s a playful and an educational experience for visitors of all ages.”
In addition to advanced animatronics, Dinosaurs Around the World invites visitors on an exciting expedition from the ferocious plains of Africa and the tropical beaches of Antarctica, to the inland seas of North America and the polar darkness of Australia. Visitors will learn how continental drift, sea level fluctuations and volcanic activity allowed dinosaurs to disperse to all corners of the globe. They will also:
- Learn about paleontological research
- Touch fossil casts
- Discover and name their own dinosaur
- Investigate what dinosaurs may have looked like in life
- Learn how to find modern-day dinosaurs right in their own backyard.
Dinosaurs Around the World, created by Imagine Exhibitions, will be on view through January 20, 2020.
Dinosaur paleontologist Gregory M. Erickson, PhD, is the senior scientific advisor for the exhibit. Erickson is the curator for the Florida State University Museum and holds research appointments with the American Museum of Natural History in New York, The Field Museum in Chicago, and University of Alaska’s Museum of the North in Fairbanks.
For Dinosaurs Around the World tickets, visit ansp.org for an online admission discount.