Discovery Science Place opens interactive dinosaur exhibit | Local News
The new dinosaur-themed interactive exhibit at Discovery Science Place “revitalizes the fledgling paleontologist in all of us,” according to its executive director.
Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, which opens Saturday, is a hands-on experience that offers a variety of dinosaur eggs and nests collected from around the world, including those from each of the major groups of plant- and meat-eating dinosaurs , according to the Museum.
A central feature of the exhibit is a presentation on the discovery of Baby Louie, the nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur embryo with its bones lined up in the correct position that was discovered in 1993.
The exhibit invites visitors to touch real dinosaur bones and reconstructed nests, dig for eggs, experience hands-on exploration stations, and view animated video presentations featuring renowned experts.
Discovery Science Place executive director Lacie Ballinger said the exhibit offers educational value for all skill levels through hands-on exploration, a petting zoo and dress-up stations.
“Tiny Titans answers questions you’ve always wondered about, encourages you to explore, and revitalizes the junior paleontologist in us all,” she said. “The closest place for young people in East Texas to learn about dinosaurs is 90 miles away. For most, that eliminates the likelihood of them ever being exposed to real specimens or research. This exhibit benefits youth in the community by bringing science to them.”
The collection of real fossils on display include an authentic bowling ball-sized egg of an Argentine sauropod laid by a herbivorous, long-necked Titanosaur that lived 75 million years ago; a large group of eggs laid by a duck-billed dinosaur; and the longest dinosaur eggs ever discovered at nearly 18 inches laid by a carnivorous ostrich-like dinosaur.
Tiny Titans was developed by Charlie and Florence Magovern of The Stone Co. in Boulder, Colorado, in association with the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The traveling exhibit is now promoted by Silver Plume Exhibitions, an exhibition design and management company founded by the couple’s daughter, Alanna Regester, and her husband, Nicholas.
Regester said he and his wife recently updated the exhibit to provide a more hands-on experience.
“About five years ago, my wife and I built the exhibit as you see it today by adding a lot more interactive components for kids,” he said.
Tiny Tians has been touring for nearly two decades and came to Tyler after showing in Gainesville, Florida.
The exhibit, which will run through August, follows the UT Tyler Cowan Center’s recent Dinosaur World Live show and ahead of the release of the new movie Jurassic World: Dominion this summer.
Discovery Science Place, 308 N. Broadway Ave. in Tyler, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (903) 533-8011 or visit discoveryscienceplace.org.