Nation's Largest Children's Museum to Create One of the Largest Displays of Real Juvenile and Family Dinosaur Fossils in the U.S.
Funded with $15 million from Lilly Endowment, $3 million pledge from
The Scott A. Jones Foundation, and $4 million from the Enid Goodrich
Educational Initiatives Fund
INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's opening of the "Dino Discovery Lab" launches the creation of a $25 million effort to develop a one-of-a-kind juvenile and family dinosaur experience for visitors to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The Dino Discovery Lab, the first part of the new "Dinosphere" exhibit, allows children to sign up for in-depth programs which will allow them to work side-by-side with professional preparators as they clean and prepare 65 million-year-old dinosaur fossils for display. The complete Dinosphere exhibit, opening in 2004, will feature one of the largest displays of real juvenile and family dinosaur fossils in the United States. Noted paleontologist Dr. Robert Bakker said, The Children's Museum will quickly earn its place "among the top dozen dinosaur exhibits in the world." Although specimens are still being collected, Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO of the Museum, said, "The centerpiece is certain to be 'Bucky,' a teenage Tyrannosaurus rex and the only juvenile T-rex ever placed on permanent exhibition in a museum. We also have acquired 'Baby Louie,' the only fully articulated dinosaur embryo fossil found in the world; a nearly complete Gorgosaurus; and 'Kelsey,' one of the top three Triceratops skeletons known to science." A major component of Dinosphere is research. No other museum in the U.S. will have such a range of sizes and ages of dinosaurs available for research. Guiding the effort is an advisory board of paleontologists and dinosaur experts, including Dr. Robert Bakker; Drs. Phil and Eva Currie, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology; Pete and Neal Larson, Founders of the Black Hills Institute of Geologic Research; Paul Sereno, Ph.D., University of Chicago; and Dong Zhiming, China Academy of Science. "Dinosphere is a wonderful combination of original research, field work, specimen acquisition, laboratory preparation, exhibit construction and public programming. Paleontology needs more museums with active field-lab-education programs like this one -- what The Children's Museum has accomplished is extraordinary," said Bakker. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X03636614
SOURCE The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
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