Be Curious: Dinosaurs at Grand Rapids Public Museum
By Alexis Mercer
The grand opening of the new exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum was Saturday, October 13. This highly anticipated exhibit is held on the 3rd floor of the museum. In anticipation of the crowds being huge, I planned for my family to attend plenty early enough so that we could patiently navigate without worrying about closing time.
As it turned out, the crowds were not an issue. Though there were many people enjoying the exhibit, there is plenty of space and a multitude of activities and sights to keep everyone busy without it feeling overwhelmed. That extra time I had planned, however, was needed to stay and soak in every last detail.
What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!
Kids of all ages will enjoy this dinosaur exhibit. It was built to be interactive, informative and realistic.
The museum website states "From life-sized and lifelike animatronic dinosaurs- some controlled by visitors – to mechanical and electronic learning stations, the exhibit has something for all ages. Visitors can learn about modern imaging techniques like high-energy neutron beams that reveal the inside of a T. Rex skull in microscopic detail never seen before. The exhibit includes a number of hands-on interactives that explain dinosaur movement, digestion, and evolution, and show the life and methods of dinosaur hunters from the 1800s to today. In addition to large animatronic dinosaurs, interactive highlights include a digital sandbox, paleontologist camp, and an interactive robot that allows visitors to manipulate dinosaur eggs!"
All three of my children (ages 6, 8 and 11) enjoyed the exhibit. In the past we have visited exhibits at other museums that reaches one age group, but not the wide range of all our children. This wasn't the case today. The three of them explored, read, manipulated dinosaurs, looked and learned.
I highly recommend taking a trip to see this newest addition to the museum. It will run through April of 2019. This is a unique, exciting way to foster creativity and curiosity in a museum close to home!
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