When I was a kid, I remember going to the Museum of Science in Boston for a new dinosaur exhibition right around the time Jurassic Park was released. It was amazing. Even got myself a Jurassic Jawbreaker, which is really just one of those giant Jawbreakers. Lasted me months.
Last year the fourth movie in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World, stormed into theaters and did huge numbers. A museum exhibition was created around the movie, and has already had a run in Australia. Now the exhibition has made its way here to the States, debuting at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
You can read the full press release with all the details below. If you’re like me and can’t make it to Philly, you can also find a great peek at what some of the exhibits look like from its run in Australia. Let’s just say, they can do way cooler stuff with animatronics now than they could back in the ’90s.
Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, Jurassic World: The Exhibition will open its gates on November 25, 2016, at the renowned Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in settings inspired by the beloved film. Visitors will travel to Isla Nublar as VIP guests to explore a towering Brachiosaurus; come face-to-face with a Velociraptor; and get a rare up-close look at the most vicious dinosaur of them all, Tyrannosaurus rex. Produced in conjunction with NBCUniversal Brand Development and Imagine Exhibitions and co-produced by MagicSpace and IES, the lifelike animatronic dinosaurs were designed by The Creature Technology Company (Walking with Dinosaurs). Guests can visit the world-class Exhibition in the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion and the Mandell Center at The Franklin Institute through April 23, 2017.
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.
“The Jurassic World phenomenon is truly a cultural touchstone. It has been an honor to be part of a legacy that spans two decades, and it is incredibly exciting to watch the response from fans as a whole new generation is introduced to the franchise,” said Jurassic World producer Frank Marshall. “Jurassic World: The Exhibition extends the filmgoers’ experience by combining immersive environments with hands-on educational and science-based interactives, giving fans a first-hand realization at what they loved and connected with on such a personal level in the films.”
“The goal from the beginning of this project was to transport people to Jurassic World through our experience, not just walk by and seeing it, but to truly feel like they are there, in the park and… we did it,” said Tom Zaller, President & CEO of Imagine Exhibitions. “I am proud that our team and Imagine Exhibitions is fortunate enough to be a part of this next chapter in the Jurassic World franchise.”
“Jurassic World is one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, and we are thrilled to be able to offer an immersive fan experience that enables consumers worldwide to interact with the brand,” said David O’Connor, Executive Vice President Worldwide Franchise Management and Brand Marketing, NBCUniversal Brand Development. “Following its debut in Melbourne, we saw incredible fan engagement, and we look forward to the response from fans as the Exhibition continues its global tour.”
“The Franklin Institute is a great cultural driver for Philadelphia with a solid track record of attracting and debuting major, world-class exhibitions like Jurassic World,” said Larry Dubinski, President and CEO of The Franklin Institute. “This Exhibition is an immersive and educational experience like none other—combining the enduring fascination with dinosaurs with an intriguing layer of real-world science. It is our hope that this Exhibition will ignite a true passion for discovery and a curiosity in our visitors to never stop digging, exploring and learning.”
Guests will walk through the world-famous Jurassic World gates to get up close to the towering dinosaurs, some more than 24 feet tall, and explore the Park through a specially guided tour. Once onsite, visitors will experience the family-friendly Gentle Giants Petting Zoo, step behind the glass into The Hammond Creation Lab, and get a special, sneak preview of JurassicWorld’s top-secret project: the Indominus rex.
Individual and group tickets are available for purchase at www.fi.edu. Jurassic World: The Exhibition is open daily from 9:30am-8pm. Evening admission is $14.95 for children (ages 3-11) and $19.95 for adults (5-8p.m.). Daytime admission is $29.95 for children (ages 3-11) and $34.95 for adults (9:30a.m.-5p.m.), which includes general museum admission. Jurassic World: The Exhibition runs from November 25, 2016 to April 23, 2017.