Enjoying success over the school holidays, the Queensland Museum‘s temporary exhibition, Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous, is one of the museum’s most popular temporary attractions. With less than three weeks left before the exhibition closes, a range of special events have been organised in conjunction with the exhibition, and an augmented reality dinosaur app has been released to the public. These special features thoroughly enhance the exhibitionist’s experience.
Featuring 20 life-sized dinosaur animatronic models, including a few native Australian species, and of course the all-time favourite T-Rex, this year’s Dinosaur Discovery display has something for the whole family to enjoy. The sheer size of the dinosaur models is enough to excite the senses of children and parents alike, as Queensland Museum CEO and Director, Professor Suzanne Miller, points out. “Exhibits like these cross the generational divide attracting the interest of both the young and the old. To be able to see the actual size of these phenomenal creatures that roamed the earth 145-million years ago, really does inspire a sense of awe and wonder,” she said.
Last year the Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous 2015 exhibition boasted the highest number of visitors ever in the Museum’s lengthy 154-year history, with more than 230,000 people enjoying the display. Last year’s turnout was more or less repeated these school holidays as dinosaur-lovers rushed back to experience the 2016 exhibition, which is indicative of the public’s ongoing obsession with all things dinosaur.
This fascinating exhibition is soon to be extinct, just like its prehistoric creatures, set to close on October 9. Following the exhibition’s close, the dinosaurs will head North in hot pursuit of the Summer sun, and will make their new home at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville, which will host the exhibition from December 10, 2016 until July 9, 2017. So make sure you get to the Queensland Museum before the dinosaur’s get away.
By Emily Byrne
Image by Queensland Museum