"Jurassic World" comes alive in Philadelphia This Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 photo, shows an animatronic stegosaurus on display at the “Jurassic World” exhibit opening Friday, Nov. 25, at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Josh Cornfield)
"Jurassic World" comes alive in Philadelphia
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Dinosaurs in museums tend to be of the fossilized variety. But a new exhibit in Philadelphia is bringing the creatures and their world to life.
 
It's called "Jurassic World: The Exhibition." It can be seen at the Franklin Institute. It's in Philadelphia. It's based on the blockbuster dinosaur movie franchise. The experience mixes the vibe of a theme park with the backstory of science. But the big - like, really big - attraction is the animatronic dinosaurs. Some measure over 24 feet tall.
 
The traveling show made its world premiere in Melbourne, Australia, earlier this year. Philadelphia's U.S. debut offers some new features.
 
Here's what visitors can expect at the exhibit. It runs through April 23.
 
There's a dinosaur petting zoo. Guests can meet a towering Brachiosaurus. They also come face-to-face with a Velociraptor. They can get up close and personal with a Tyrannosaurus rex. The lifelike, life-size dinosaurs were designed by The Creature Technology Co. The company created the huge creatures for the "Walking with Dinosaurs" arena shows. A family-friendly "Gentle Giants Petting Zoo" also promises interactions with a baby Pachyrhinosaurus and its 29-foot-long mother. Visitors can even "pet" a small dinosaur.
 
What's different from the show in Melbourne? The U.S. debut of the exhibit offers a look inside a raptor training paddock. It's like the one used by Chris Pratt's character in 2015's "Jurassic World." It includes an interactive raptor. Tom Zaller is president of Imagine Exhibitions. He said the U.S. show also adds additional science-related content and interactive elements. The exhibit is nearly double the size of the Australian version.
 
It is pro paleontologist. Exhibit organizers worked closely with paleontologist Jack Horner to help get the science right. He is one of the best-known dinosaur researchers in the world. Horner discovered the world's first dinosaur embryos. He found that dinosaurs had nests and cared for their young.
 
In his book "Jurassic Park," Michael Crichton based the character Alan Grant on Horner. Movie maker Steven Spielberg brought Horner on as a technical adviser on all of the "Jurassic Park" films. Horner did it although he doesn't have a college degree and has dyslexia.
 
Fake creatures, real science. The museum hopes to appeal to fans of science in addition to fans of the movie. An educator guide is offered. It describes ways to look at the exhibit through scientific eyes. It looks at topics including ethics in science and climate change. It looks at DNA and genetics and extinction.
 
It also offers interactive exhibits. Brave visitors can even stick an arm into a pile of dinosaur dung. They can feel its squishy, warm interior as a way to learn about identifying animals by studying their leavings.

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COMMENTS (12)
  • austinr-loy
    12/09/2016 - 10:38 a.m.

    there probaly animatroinicks if they were not animatroinicks they should have put a video showing them eating moving and doing other stuff.

  • austinr-loy
    12/09/2016 - 10:39 a.m.

    what are you saying

  • austinr-loy
    12/09/2016 - 10:40 a.m.

    im deadpool

  • dominico-cas
    12/10/2016 - 10:30 a.m.

    The creature is fake,but the science is real.The scientist made the dinosaurs look real so people can be fascinated and learn about the past.In paragraph 9 it says an educator guide shows you about climate change,DNA and genetics.Also,you can feel its squishy dung to identify animals by their leavings.
    This is how the creatures are fake, but the science is real.

  • michaelo1-cas
    12/10/2016 - 06:48 p.m.

    The creatures are fake but the science is real.This is because the museum hopes to appeal to fans of science in addition to the movie "The Jurassic Park".As stated in the text "The museum hopes to appeal to fans of science in addition to fans of the movie".A educator guide is also offered.This describes ways to look at these exhibits through scientific eyes.So people know facts about the dinosaurs that they might not of known before.This also offers interactive exhibits.This is how the creatures are fake but the science is real.

  • anthonys1-cas
    12/11/2016 - 09:02 a.m.

    "The creatures are fake,but the science is real"this is a quote from the article "Jurassic World"Comes alive in Philadelphia.This means that the dinosaurs might be animatronic but you are still learning about them. I think this because it provides information about each dinosaur.That is what the creatures are fake but the science is real means

  • prabhgunb1-lin
    12/16/2016 - 02:05 p.m.

    The creatures are fake because it's only statues and robots that look like them but they're not real because they're extinct.They are science real because they're life size and they're still facts that remain about them.

  • noaho-lin
    1/13/2017 - 02:23 p.m.

    The Dinosaurs are fake because they are extinct, like the T-Rex, the Brachiosaurus, and the Velociraptor. The article also says that the company created the Dinosaurs. The petting zoo has Dinosaurs that are also fake because the article says they are lifelike and life-sized. The science is real because scientists can study the "fake" Dinosaurs and get more information of want the Dinosaur ate, when it lived, and maybe when or how it died. Philadelphia also has an Interactive Exhibit. Paleontologists can stick their arm in a pile of Dinosaur dung. This helps Paleontologists study Dinosaurs leavings. I like the idea of making a Jurassic world. It helps scientists study the Dinosaurs easier, and guests can look at the fake Dinosaurs of how they looked back 100 million years ago. This article sounds so interesting that I want to go!

  • john2-eri
    1/19/2017 - 02:12 a.m.

    the creatures are fake 'cause they made animatronics about the dinos.

  • maythu2-eri
    1/19/2017 - 02:18 a.m.

    The creatures are fake in a way that they are animatronics and the part where the dinosaurs are based on real science and how the dinosaurs had survived a long time ago.

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