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Dinosaur exhibit coming to Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

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The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson is looking to transport visitors to eras long past through its upcoming exhibit, Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors.

The outdoor and indoor exhibit, which will run from June 8, 2024, through January 5, 2025, will feature 11 animatronic dinosaurs, showcase cutting-edge research, and provide a tour of what Earth looked like during the Mesozoic Era.

“Come face to face with the giants of the past. This exhibit is your chance to experience a prehistoric Earth and walk alongside the dinosaurs – it’s a thrilling adventure for all ages!” MMNS Director Charles Knight said.

Visitors of Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors will explore time before the continents as we know them existed. For example, during the age of dinosaurs 252 to 66 million years ago, Brazil was covered with deserts and polar darkness was the norm in Australia.

Animatronics will include the mighty T. rex of North America, the bi-pedal predator Herrerasaurus, one of the first dinosaurs to appear on Earth, and the bizarre, bony-crested Oviraptor from Mongolia.

The exhibit is produced by Imagine Exhibitions and sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation, Nissan, Entergy, Trustmark Bank, Regions Bank, H.F. McCarty, Jr. Family Foundation, and others.

“‘Dinosaurs Around the World’ will transport visitors back in time to the unrecognizable landscape of Pangea in a playful and educational way,” Imagine Exhibitions President and CEO Tom Zaller said.

Accompanying the museum’s newest exhibit will be weekly dinosaur-themed “Fun Fridays” from June 7 through July 12 from 10 a.m. to noon and a “Tea Party with a T-Rex” on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors follows a successful run of Attack of the Bloodsuckers! which ended this past Sunday after four months of teaching visitors about sanguinivores. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the museum.

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