"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.
 
"Jurassic World: The Exhibition" has opened at the Franklin Institute. 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 measuring over 24 feet tall.
 
The traveling show made its world premiere in Melbourne, Australia, earlier this year, but Philadelphia's U.S. debut offers some new features.
 
Here's what visitors can expect at the exhibit, which runs through April 23.
 
The exhibit features a dinosaur petting zoo. Guests can meet a towering Brachiosaurus, come face-to-face with a Velociraptor and get up close and personal with a Tyrannosaurus rex. The lifelike, life-size dinosaurs were designed by The Creature Technology Co., which created the enormous 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 exhibit in Melbourne? The U.S. debut of the exhibit offers a look inside a raptor training paddock, like the one used by Chris Pratt's character in 2015's "Jurassic World." It includes an interactive raptor. Tom Zaller, president of Imagine Exhibitions, 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.
 
The exhibit 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 - and Horner did it without a college degree and with dyslexia.
 
Fake creatures, real science. The museum hopes to appeal to fans of science in addition to fans of the movie. An educator guide offers ways to look at the exhibit through scientific eyes on topics including ethics in science, climate change, DNA and genetics, and extinction.
 
It also offers interactive exhibits. Brave visitors can even stick an arm into a pile of dinosaur dung to feel its squishy, warm interior as a way to learn about identifying animals by studying their leavings.

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COMMENTS (31)
  • fmadison-dav
    12/08/2016 - 05:14 p.m.

    I think it is cool that an experience like this came to Philadelphia.I think this because it is an experience for fans of the movie franchise to experience the dinosaurs in the movie. A second reason I think it is good because it is a chance for people to learn things they have never knew about dinosaurs. A third reason I think this is because it can make more people learn because they liked the movie.this is why I think it is a good idea

  • dsarah-dav
    12/08/2016 - 09:33 p.m.

    In response to "Jurassic World comes alive in Philadelphia", I agree with the idea to make an interactive dinosaur experience. One way I agree is that it is a great way to let people learn about dinosaurs. They have animatronic dinosaurs that you can pet and you can even stick your hand in a pile of makeshift dinosaur poop! Another reason why I agree with this article is because it would be enjoyable! It says in the article,"The exhibit features a dinosaur petting zoo. Guests can meet a towering Brachiosaurus, come face-to-face with a Velociraptor and get up close and personal with a Tyrannosaurus rex. The lifelike, life-size dinosaurs were designed by The Creature Technology Co., which created the enormous 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." A third reason why agree with this because it will likely spark ideas for people too look at the past and find out important things. Even though some people may find it scary or boring I, personally, can find too many benefits to think bad of it.

  • dmatthew-dav
    12/08/2016 - 09:47 p.m.

    In response to ""Jurassic World" comes alive in Philadelphia" I say that this is amazing. One reason I say that it is amazing is that there are interactive activitys. Another reason is that you can see taller dinosaures than the ones you would see in Austrilla. It says in the article that people can stick there arm in dinosaure dung if they are brave enough.A third reason is they did their work by using science. Even though this might be scarry for young kids I think you should still see the Philadelfdelfea "Jurassic park" atrraction.
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  • brycew-orv
    12/15/2016 - 02:41 p.m.

    well you cant make real dinosaurs

  • smartina-dav
    1/05/2017 - 06:08 p.m.

    In response to ""Jurassic World" comes alive in Philadelphia," I agree with the making of this museum. One reason I agree is that it help people learn a lot about dinosaurs while having fun. Another reason is that fans of the movie can see their favorite movie come to life. It says in the article tourists not only learn the real size of specific dinosaurs, but also climate change, DNA and genetics, and extinction. A third reason is that entertainment in museums is gone a whole different level now that we have real life size dinosaurs of which some are even over 24 feet tall. Even though some people might think this is a waste of time and money, I think that it is great way to educate people about ancient science while doing something they enjoy.

  • noahf-bru
    1/06/2017 - 12:46 p.m.

    According to the article,"'Jurassic World' comes alive in Philadelphia" fake creatures can be real science. Based on the text, the exhibit contains DNA and genetics, climate change, extinction, and has science related content. In conclusion, I learned that an exhibit can be fake, but have in a way that children can learn the way they would want.

  • marqueel-orc
    1/06/2017 - 02:42 p.m.

    The creature are fake but the science is real because they did detailed research on this

  • elazjiam-dor
    1/10/2017 - 12:42 p.m.

    The science is real dinosaurs once existed but are now extinct it is impossible for the dinosaurs in the exhibit to be real when they died many years ago. paleontologist are real scientist that study various dinosaurs.

  • angelesr-dor
    1/10/2017 - 12:45 p.m.

    The creatures are fake due to the fact that you cannot create a living organism such as a dinosaur, but they can be created by using a model dinosaur which can function as a real one but is run on technology and science i guess. //..//

  • jeremiahg-dor
    1/10/2017 - 12:48 p.m.

    The creatures are mechanized but people use science to illustrate how the dinosaurs look like, act like, and how they lived.

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