Expedition: Dinosaur

Expedition: Dinosaur explores the fascinating world of dinosaurs and the hunt for their fossils!

Opening October 14! Special Breakfast with the Dinos and Expedition: Dinosaur Opening Party on Saturday, October 13!

From life-sized and lifelike animatronic dinosaurs- some controlled by visitors – to mechanical and electronic learning stations, the exhibit has something for all ages. Visitors can learn about modern imaging techniques like high-energy neutron beams that reveal the inside of a T. Rex skull in microscopic detail never seen before. The exhibit includes a number of hands-on interactives that explain dinosaur movement, digestion, and evolution, and show the life and methods of dinosaur hunters from the 1800s to today. In addition to large animatronic dinosaurs, interactive highlights include a digital sandbox, paleontologist camp, and an interactive robot that allows visitors to manipulate dinosaur eggs!

Breakfast with the Dinos – Saturday, Oct. 13

Join the exclusive Breakfast with the Dinos to be one of only 200 to first set foot into Expedition: Dinosaur and enjoy a full breakfast on Saturday, October 13 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.!

Tickets include first access to Expedition: Dinosaur and the entire Museum, breakfast, a planetarium show and special activities. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, donuts, fruit, juice, water and coffee. Additional dinosaur activities will take place, with a special take home dinosaur treat for every child! This exclusive breakfast is $45 per ticket. Breakfast with the Dinos ticket holders are welcome to stay for the Opening Party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Expedition: Dinosaur Opening Party – Saturday, Oct. 13

Be the first to explore Expedition: Dinosaur in this special Opening Party on Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.! Visitors will become paleontologists as they explore the Mesozoic-era dinosaurs.

The Opening Party will take over all three floors of the Museum will additional activities only available on October 13. Crack open Geodes with Dr. Diggs, see and touch fossil artifacts from the Museum’s Collections, brush and dig for dinosaurs in the excavation pool, and identify carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs based on their teeth! Get hands-on with community partners, making dino buttons with Kent District Library, mining for amethysts with Michigan State University 4-H and special activity with Blandford Nature Center!

Tickets to the Expedition: Dinosaur Opening Party are $18 for adults, $13 for children, $10 for member adults and $5 for member children. The Opening Party has limited capacity. Special meal deals will be available throughout the day.


Expedition: Dinosaur taps into our fascination with these incredible creatures. It is perhaps the closest experience to what it would have been like to be in the presence of a living, breathing Mesozoic-era dinosaur.

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This exhibit focuses on the science of paleontology. Exhibit developer Stage Nine Exhibitions engaged renowned paleontologist Dr. Thomas Williamson to consult and inform the exhibit. Dr. Williamson, Curator of Paleontology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, was featured in the PBS documentary “The Day The Dinosaurs Died.”

Sponsored By:







David & Amy Leonard







Chris & Kim Branoff
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Additional Support

Arnie’s Bakery & Restaurant
Aunt Millie’s Bakeries
Kaat’s Culligan of Grand Rapids
Old Orchard Juices
Tyson Foods
Van Eerden Foodservice


About Stage Nine Exhibitions

Stage Nine Exhibitions conceptualizes, designs, fabricates and tours exhibits that have been enjoyed by millions of visitors worldwide. Current exhibits: POPnology, Hall of Heroes, The Animation Academy, Sweet: A Tasty Journey, Rock U: The Institute of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Expedition: Dinosaur, and Dragons: The Lost Worlds. For more information, visit http://www.stageninedesign.com