If you have a thing for dinosaurs (and who hasn’t at some point in their lives) then you won’t want to miss a once- in -a – lifetime exhibit that focuses on some of the largest, most unusual dinosaurs that roamed the Earth (and that are essentially unknown to people in North America) being hosted by the Cincinnati Museum Center from now through the end of summer. It is approximately a 4 hour drive from Cleveland.
Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana Spotlighting bizarre and unusual-looking dinosaurs that evolved virtually in isolation in Africa, South America and Madagascar, this exhibition features real fossils, skeletons and 20 full-scale skeletal casts, many making their first appearance in the United States.
The exhibition also explores the part the continental drift played in the evolution of the dinosaurs during the Mezozoic Period (250-65 million years ago). The Earth at that time was composed of a supercontinent (Pangaea) which split into Laurasia in the north and Gondwana in the south and eventually into the 7 continents we know today.
Dinosaurs drifted with the land masses thus causing different groups of dinosaurs to dominate in the North and South. These Southern dinosaurs developed differences in the shape of their skulls, teeth and even their bodies and developed odd features like sails, horns ans spines not known in the Northern dinosaurs.
Among some of the featured dinosaurs at the exhibition are the crocodile-like Suchomimus, Majungasaurus, Carnotaurus, Austroraptor, Futalognkosaurus and the Giganotosaurus, the largest carnivorous dinosaur from Gondwana and possibly the largest land predator to have ever lived on Earth.
One very special feature of this exhibition is the use of Augmented Reality technology which layers virtual experiences (computer-generated animation) over a real environment to give life to the Southern dinosaurs. Three AR stations at the exhibition give visitors the chance to virtually flesh out dinosaur skeletons and see what the dinosaur would look like with its body intact. One experience lets you observe a face-off between T. Rex and Giganotosaurus.
Be sure you don’t miss seeing the OMNIMAX film “Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia” while at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The film follows the journey of a world-renowned Argentinean paleontologist as he visits the sites of major dinosaur discoveries in the Patagonian region of South America and then the movie travels back in time to see the dinosaurs come to life. The intense action story follows the lives of two species.
Hours for “Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana” are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Individual admission for the Dinosaur exhibit only is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (60+), $11 for children (3-12) and $4.50 for toddlers (1-2). Infants under one year of age are free. Price of the Ultimate Combo Big Experience (the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit and the OMNIMAX film) is $16.50 for adults and $12.50 for children.
For more information on the “Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana” exhibition or to purchase advance tickets call 513-287-7000 or get online at www.cincymuseum.org.
The Cincinnati Museum Center is located at 1301 Western Ave. in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is approximately a 4 hour drive.