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Dinosaurs Around the World opens June 30

Embark on a globetrotting expedition to discover the Age of Reptiles

PHILADELPHIA, June 6, 2019

Embark on a globetrotting expedition back in time when dinosaurs reigned in a world very different from today. Dinosaurs Around the World, opening Sunday, June 30, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, features moving, roaring dinosaurs and how they adapted to where they lived.

Velociraptor, Oviraptor and a dozen other animatronic dinosaurs set the stage of a multi-layered narrative that recreates the planet from before the continents as we know them existed, when lush landscapes covered Africa and greenery was the norm in Antarctica. With touchable fossil casts, cutting-edge research and immersive design elements, visitors will experience the Age of Reptiles as it comes to life.

Visitors can:

  • Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs
  • Touch a real fossil
  • Use a touch screen to hear Corythosaurus
  • Explore the dinosaur book nook
  • Learn about paleontological research
  • Discover and name their own dinosaur
  • Participate in a dig site
  • Color 3D dinosaur models
  • Learn how to find modern-day dinosaurs right in their own backyard.

Dinosaurs Around the World invites visitors of all ages to grab their prehistoric passport to Pangea and discover how plate tectonics, land bridges, volcanic activity and sea level fluctuations 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 examples as varied as the mighty T. rex of North America, the swift Velociraptor of the Gobi Desert, and the massive herbivore Amargasaurus from the tropical jungles of South America.

“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.”

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 for an online admission discount.



On Wednesday, June 26, at about 8 a.m., a 40-foot-long Spinosaurus will arrive on a flatbed truck at 19th Street and the Parkway. It will then be assembled outside the Academy’s front door, where it will remain through the duration of the exhibit. A second, slightly smaller dinosaur, Amargasaurus, will arrive later that morning for installation at the same location.

Media is invited to an exclusive preview of Dinosaurs Around the World at 10 a.m. Friday, June 28, at the Academy of Natural Sciences. RSVP to the Public Relations Office.

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