Jurassic World Exhibit Comes to the Franklin Institute

The Jurassic World Exhibit has come roaring into Philadelphia.

The Franklin Institute is now home to the exhibit’s North American debut after its successful run at the Melbourne Museum in Australia earlier this year.

Inspired by the 2015 blockbuster hit, Jurassic World takes visitors to the island of Isla Nublar to see some of their favorite extinct creatures. Several large animatronic dinosaurs are on display, including Stegosaurus, Triceratops and a twenty-four foot tall Tyrannosaurus Rex. The dinosaurs are so massive, the building needed to be inspected to ensure it could handle the weight.

“They’re so big,” says visitor Hannah Heritage, “I didn’t expect them to be as big as they actually are.”

The exhibit also features several easter eggs from the film series. The “Gentle Giants Petting Zoo” section features a prop dino-food dispenser that was used in the most recent film. In a callback to the original 1993 movie, visitors can also touch some “dino dung.”

“It was gross,” Heritage says with a laugh.

But Jurassic World is about more than just animatronics and props. The team behind the exhibit turned to renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, who also consulted on the film series, to make this attraction as scientifically informative as possible. Visitors can stroll through the DNA labs of InGen and learn about the real-life science behind DNA and dinosaurs. Information on fossils such as global hotspots can be seen as well.

The Jurassic World Exhibit will remain at the Franklin Institute through April 2017.

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