‘Jurassic World: The Exhibition’ Is Bringing Dinosaurs to Philadelphia

     August 31, 2016


Apparently, there are some people who haven’t watched a Jurassic Park movie or just didn’t get the message that “life, uh, finds a way,” because the folks at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia will play host to the North American debut of Jurassic World: The Exhibition. At the very least, they’ll be using animatronic dinosaurs instead of genetically engineering their own.

The museum partnered with the Creature Technology Company, the same folks who worked on Walking With Dinosaurs, to create mechanical beasties inspired by the films. According to the official website and details gleaned from the press conference for the announcement, the exhibition is designed to take guests on a guided tour of Isla Nublar, through the classic park gates to meet a 24-foot-tall Brachiosaurus, a T. Rex, and the inhabitants of the Raptor Training Paddock.

The Franklin Institute also notes that paleontologist Jack Horner (who is in a bit of a pickle at the moment) collaborated on the experience, which also features its own DNA and hatching space. Take a brief walkthrough of the exhibit in the video from the museum below, and watch footage of the press conference.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition previously opened in Melbourne Museum in Australia, and it will now welcome visitors beginning this November 25 through April 23, 2017. Day tickets for adults run for $34.95 (Psst! It’s cheaper to go at night), while group rates for adults go for $23.95. Individual tickets go on sale starting September 10, but you can already sign up for pre-ticket sales online.

The idea behind a Jurassic Park-based attraction isn’t new, especially for Universal Studios in Orlando with their own rides, but it’s a formidable concept to bolster education. Discovery Times Square featured a Marvel movie exhibit that, in addition to hosting costumes and props from the films, took guests behind the science of these heroes. Elsewhere, the Penn Museum in Philadelphia tapped Legends of the Hidden Temple to devise a unique and interactive way to get kids interested in history and anthropology.

This new attraction will also make a nice complement for the sequel to Jurassic World, which is said to focus on other figures developing their own formula for genetically engineered dinosaurs. Barring any mechanical malfunctions, we at least don’t have to worry about these robots attacking the guests.


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