New exhibition opens to guests May 19
Jacksonville, Fla. — May 18, 2022 — The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) today announced its newest traveling exhibition, Dinosaur Explorer, presented by Imagine Exhibitions. The brand-new exhibition, which is debuting nationally at MOSH, opens May 19 and will run through September 5, 2022.
This all-new exhibition explores the wildest, wackiest and most wonderous dinosaurs, and examines human physiology through the lens of these magnificent creatures. Although they lived millions of years before us, dinosaurs adapted to not only survive, but to thrive on planet earth, much like humans do. Paleontologists believe that dinosaurs shared many things in common with humankind, and, as astounding as it may seem, lived daily lives that may be quite familiar.
Whether it be feeding or family dynamics, intelligence or interpersonal relationships, Dinosaur Explorer examines the ways that environmental, biological and behavioral circumstances influenced dinosaur daily life, and asks: where do we see similarities in our world today?
“We love dinosaurs here at MOSH, and this brand-new exhibition from Imagine Exhibitions is an exciting, interactive one that will bring the joy of these mysterious creatures to all of our guests –– young and young-at-heart alike,” said Bruce Fafard, CEO of the Museum of Science & History. “We are looking forward to inviting visitors in to experience this one-of-a-kind exhibit.”
Through a series of 24 dynamic displays that feature advanced animatronic dinosaurs, authentic casts and highly interactive hands-on activities, visitors will learn the science behind dinosaur adaptations and understand the connections humans share with our prehistoric predecessors. Starting with a larger-than-life encounter with a Triceratops on MOSH’s front lawn, visitors will move through a series of vibrant vignettes to discover what modern paleontology knows about the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, as well as what remains uncertain. They will be challenged to imagine how through small changes, such as tooth form or brain sizes, paleontologists have completely altered the world’s understanding of these incredible creatures’ success. And just like a scientist, guests will be empowered to hypothesize about prehistoric life by piecing together paleontological and biological clues.
This unique dinosaur exhibition utilizes the latest animatronic technology to create quiet, smooth and lifelike movements, and reflects the most current dinosaur science courtesy of content partner Dr. Gregory M. Erickson (one of only 150 full-time professional dinosaur paleontologists in the world). Dinosaur Explorer invites guests on an unforgettable adventure to explore the world through new eyes, compare themselves to the strangest and silliest dinosaurs and create a whole new understanding of the most fascinating living organisms in known history. And, who knows — maybe ancient history won’t feel so far away.
To celebrate the arrival of Dinosaur Explorer, MOSH will present Camp Jurassic Mini Con on Saturday, May 21. This after-hours event will feature vendors and artists, interactive adventures in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, cosplayers and a costume contest, a liquid libations bar called “The Watering Hole” and more. Tickets are available now at themosh.org, and will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.
Dinosaur Explorer is open for a limited engagement through September 5. To learn more or to secure tickets, visit themosh.org.
About The Museum of Science & History (MOSH)
The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is located at 1025 Museum Circle near Friendship Park. MOSH, first chartered in 1941, inspires the joy of lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history. Admission is $17.95 for adults; $14.95 for youth, students, active and retired military and seniors. There is no admission fee for children 2 and under or Museum members. Learn more at themosh.org.
Museum funding is provided in part by the City of Jacksonville and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and the National Endowment for the Arts; Historic Museums Grants-in-Aid Program assistance provided by the Bureau of Historical Museums, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, Secretary of State.
About Imagine Exhibitions
Imagine Exhibitions is currently producing over 40 unique exhibitions globally in museums, science centers, zoos, integrated resorts, and non-traditional venues, with millions of people around the world visiting our exhibitions each year. In addition to developing successful traveling exhibitions, Imagine Exhibitions designs, opens, and operates permanent installations and venues, and consults on building, expanding, and directing museums and attractions. With decades of diverse experience in the museum and entertainment industries, Imagine Exhibitions consistently develops exhibitions that educate and excite while exceeding attendance goals. For more information, visit www.ImagineExhibitions.com or find us on Facebook.