Opening January 2014
"Blast from the Past:
Rockin' Rocks & Diggin' Dinos"
It’s true: rocks rock! These fascinating artifacts from the past have lots to tell us about Earth’s ancient – and not-so-ancient -- history. Interactive displays will give visitors a real science encounter with rocks, crystals, and fossils of all kinds. The basics of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks are presented in an engaging, hands-on style using large, attractive specimens. Displays include volcanoes, floating rocks, magnetism, fluorescence, and rocks under different magnifications.
Do you dig dinos? Discover the age of dinosaurs in our dramatic exhibits and presentations, including dinosaur artifacts, bones, and re-creations. Learn the latest facts about these fascinating extinct creatures and the Earth they lived on.
We’ll also focus on how professional paleontologists who “dig dinos” for a living do their work. Learn about Mary Anning and Roy Chapman Andrews (the real Indiana Jones!), prominent paleontologists from the past. Young visitors are invited to try on costumes and learn about the adventures and careers of these pioneering scientists.
The Dinosaur Train is coming to the Museum, ready to engage our youngest visitors with a new, colorful and creative imagination play area. There will be dinosaur costumes to spark the imagination, a dinosaur nest to play in, and lots of manipulative items to keep toddlers entertained.
The popular Search and Find Guides, aligned to science standards, are provided at three different learning levels so all members of the family can learn and share together. Bring your cameras for great photo opportunities!