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The King of Dinosaurs

Be the Dinosaur

Feb. 6, 2014
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Contact:  Glenda Bogar
gbogar@cmnh.org, 216-231-2071
800-317-9155, ext. 3363

Interactive Exhibition Allows Visitors to Become a Dinosaur


Cleveland . . . What would it what be like to be a dinosaur? Visitors can journey back in time over
65 million years and see how Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops lived in the innovative exhibition, 

Be The Dinosaur:  Life in the Cretaceous. The exhibit is on display at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History through May 4.

Visitors can discover the science of dinosaurs and investigate their ecosystems as they walk in their footsteps, hunt, eat, hide and survive by using computer simulation and interactive exhibits.  They take control of the digital dinosaur in audio-visual simulator pods. 

The artificially intelligent dinosaurs roam across realistic terrain. They have simulated muscle and digestive systems. Virtual winds carry digital odors, while plants grow and have accurate nutritional value. The easy-to-use controls allow visitors to manipulate the virtual dinosaur’s limbs, head, neck, jaw and even nostrils. Different settings provide access for young visitors and an “expert” setting to satisfy the most tech-savvy users.  All exhibit components are scientifically accurate and based on a well-studied fossil formation in western North America.

Ideal for children in grades K-8, “Be the Dinosaur” combines the excitement of inquiry-based learning with science, math, art, language arts and history. Students also use skills in observing, analyzing, experimenting, drawing conclusions and communication results.  

Both traditional and interactive elements highlight the most current data on dinosaur biology, behavior, food sources and ecology. Visitors approach the Volcano Gateway and Pterosaur life reconstruction, then move to the Field Station to find out “How we know what we know.” Life-sized fossil casts of the skulls of Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops prorsus show the scale of these ancient creatures.

Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous was developed by Eureka Exhibits.  The exhibit is sponsored in Cleveland by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.  The Cleveland Museum of Natural History receives public support with local tax dollars from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture to preserve and enrich the region’s artistic and cultural heritage.

Be the Dinosaur:  Life in the Cretaceous is free with Museum admission.  Admission fees are: $12 adults; $10 ages 3-18, college students with valid ID and seniors over age 60; free for children 2 and under.  Shafran Planetarium shows are $4 with general admission.    

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is located at 1 Wade Oval Drive in University Circle, 15 minutes east of downtown Cleveland.  www.cmnh.org

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