Thursday, May 12, 2016

EXPLORE | JURASSIC WORLD - the exhibition

One of our favourite hang out places for the whole family must be the Melbourne Museum. We have taken the kids there since they were babies, and there are so much amazing things to explore that you normally can't squeeze it into just one visit. There are always interesting exhibitions on show that mixes education as well as a big dose of fun - and this exhibition is no different. Jurassic World - the exhibition is one action packed adventure. Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, the Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved film. Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life… right before your eyes.

Travel to Isla Nublar as a VIP guest and explore Jurassic World. Come face-to-face with a Pachyrhinosaurus; visit The Hammond Creation Lab; stare in wonder at a towering Brachiosaurus; get a rare up-close look at the most vicious dinosaur of them all, Tyrannosaurus rex; and learn all about top-secret projects currently in development.

Inspired by the Hollywood blockbuster Jurassic Park franchise, the exhibition at Melbourne Museum will show a glimpse of what life was like on Earth millions of years ago.

Imagine Exhibitions chief executive Tom Zaller said the exhibition was like a "fairy ride" to the Jurassic period. "You know that moment in the first [Jurassic Park] film when the jeep drove over the hill and the dinosaur is there," he said. "Everybody's seen the dinosaur bones at the museum, the cheap animated dinosaur things, but if you're going to Jurassic World, I'm going to blow your mind." 

Mr Zaller has created a number of major exhibitions from the ground up, including Angry Birds Universe, Titanic The Exhibition, The Human Bodies Exhibition, and Dinosaurs in Motion.
He said it was a challenge to keep the educational value in the exhibition, as well as keeping people interested. "Here the theatre that we've brought together is a fine line between theme park and museum ... I really think we've hit the balance," he said.

"We've struck the chord that is going to satisfy the young mind and the imagination.
"Also, having watched the eight-year-old children and just looking at the microscopes and seeing the bone slices of real dinosaurs — we have a bone you can touch, a 65 million-year-old sauropod femur that's 150 centimetres, you couldn't pick it up."

Created in close collaboration with renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, the Exhibition is infused with interactive educational elements—drawn from the real-world science of dinosaur DNA that allowed Jurassic World to come to life. Visitors of all ages can now learn all about these incredible prehistoric creatures.

This is a great opportunity to take your dinosaur loving kids for a close up experience but bare in mind that younger children might get a bit scared by the moving dinosaurs (but nothing a reassuring hand or a hug can't fix). For us it was a wonderful chance to do something the entire family enjoyed. We are all Jurrasic Park fans in this family and it was cool to get a chance to relive some of the most memorable scenes from the new movie Jurassic World in this exhibition.

To book tickets visit Melbourne Museum's ticket stand here.
For those that can't get enough of the dinosaur experience they are also running a 3D show in their IMAX theatre: Walking with Dinosaurs - Prehistoric Planet

If you are interested in finding out more about how all these dinosaurs for the exhibition was made, make a visit to Creature Technology and take a peek behind the scenes and read up on how these amazing creatures were made.

BEHIND THE SCENES - making Jurassic World, the exhibition.

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