The American Museum of Natural History is opening a new exhibit Saturday 16 April called The World’s Largest Dinosaurs that gives visitors a new perspective on the giant sauropod known as Mamenchisaurus. This exhibition goes beyond the usual fossils and looks at the science behind how this long-necked, long-tailed dinosaur thrived for 140 million years.
Unique interactive exhibits will explore how these giants ate, breathed, and moved in the prehistoric world.
Highlights of the exhibit include:
The Mamenchisaurus in this display will feature realistic dinosaur skin, the first time something like this has been done on such a large scale.
Animations and lights projected on a life-sized 60-foot-long, 11-foot-tall sauropod model bring the inner workings of the digestive system and circulatory system of these giants to life.
The exhibit uses a rotating platform and strobe lights to create a giant zoetrope to explore how these immense dinosaurs moved.
Arduino-based interactives — “Measure the Femur” and “Feed the Sauropod” — allow visitors to calculate measurements and metabolic rates through arcade-like games.
A computer/mechanical heart pump challenges visitors to pump blood through a sauropod’s body. Visitors work as hard as a sauropod heart to bring blood through the long neck all the way up to the brain.
The World’s Largest Dinosaurs is the only exhibit of its kind in the world and is curated by Mark A. Norell who has been leading exhibitions in the Gobi Desert for two decades. Co-curating the exhibit is special guest Martin Sander of the University of Bonn, Germany. These gentlemen and their team have put together an amazing exhibit.
If you or your kids love dinosaurs — and let’s face it, who doesn’t? — plan a visit and see The World’s Largest Dinosaurs. For more information and to order tickets in advance go to The World’s Largest Dinosaurs Official Site.