CHARLOTTE – The largest family reunion has taken over Charlotte as Discovery Place Science presents “Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family,” a multimedia experience showcasing never-before-seen dinosaurs in the Tyrannosaurs family tree.
This is the world’s first exhibition to display ancestors of Tyrannosaurus rex, and Charlotte is just the second American city to meet this colossal family.
Featuring more than 10 life-sized dinosaur specimens, a dramatic array of fossils and casts and state-of-the-art technology, the exhibit provides a snapshot of dinosaur life and shows how this family became the world’s top predator.
After touring throughout Australia, the exhibition was completely refurbished in 2016 to include the latest scientific research of newly discovered Tyrannosaurs from all over the globe.
In addition to the popular T. rex – the swift, flesh-eating apex predator – guests can also see some of the rare and recent Tyrannosaur findings like Guanlong wucaii, the newly discovered and oldest feathery relative of T. rex, whose name means “crown dragon.”
“Dinosaurs capture the imagination and spark curiosity about life before us,” said Catherine Wilson Horne, president and CEO of Discovery Place. “This exhibition combines ancient fossils, new research and the cutting-edge technology to provide visitors with the very latest research and inquiry about these awe-inspiring creatures.”
Visitors will discover these dinosaurs in five interactive zones:
• What’s A Tyrannosaur: Explore the features that define this family.
• Meet The Family: Including the latest dinosaur findings paleontologist Xing Xu and his team discovered in Northwestern China.
• Explore The Family: Compare and contrast the Tyrannosaur relatives.
• T. rex – The Ultimate: How Tyrannosaurus rex evolved as the top-end predator.
• T. rex – The Legacy: The evolution, survival and extinction.
Families will also get to engage with state-of-the-art technology in fully interactive and innovative experiences like comparing their arm strength to that of a mighty T. rex, using multi-touch technology, or touring Uptown Charlotte in an immersive multimedia tunnel as dinosaurs take over the city around you.
To complement the experience, Discovery Place Science has created a Dino Pit that is included with admission to the exhibition. Visitors will be immersed in a recreated paleontology lab and will work to help excavate fossils that were transported to the lab from outdoor dig sites around the world. Dig tools will be provided.
Additionally, on the last Friday and Saturday of each month, Discovery Place’s collections manager will be available in the Dino Pit to work with amateur paleontologists and answer questions about the excavation (Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Throughout the museum and the summer, Discovery Place Science will offer public programs that expand the educational experience. Visit at the end of July (23 to 27) to experience Prehistoric Shark Week in the Discovery Place labs. Practicing paleontologists will have the chance to hunt for Megalodon teeth and to see what’s hidden in the Discovery Place collection. All of these activities are included with museum admission. Tickets cost $16 for children (ages 2 to 13), $20 for adults (14 to 59), $18 for seniors (60plus), $3 for Discovery Place Science members and free for children under age 2.