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Expedition: Dinosaur

T Rex digital animation

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

Long neck dinosaur in Expedition Dinosaur exhibit

Visitors became paleontologists as they explored the Mesozoic-era dinosaurs. From life-sized and lifelike animatronic dinosaurs– some controlled by visitors – to mechanical and electronic learning stations, the exhibit had something for all ages. Visitors learned 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 included 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 included a digital sandbox, paleontologist camp, and an interactive robot that allowed visitors to manipulate dinosaur eggs!

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

This exhibit ran October 13, 2018 through May 12, 2019.

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.”

Triceratops in Expedition Dinosaur Exhibit
Stegosaurus in Expedition Dinosaur exhibit

Sponsored By:



David and Carol Van Andel Family Foundation logo
  • David & Amy Leonard

Additional Support

  • Chris & Kim Branoff
  • Jim & Barb Haveman Family