Opening January 16, 2016
Blast From the Past: Rockin’ Rocks and 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 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 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 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!