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January 30, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Dino Day has been postponed until Saturday, January 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. due to a major winter storm impacting the region. We are pleased to announce that all of the great dinosaur displays, fossils, and live animals that were originally scheduled for Dino Day will still be offered on the 30th, as well as a variety of activities and behind-the-scenes tours of the museum's research areas. We greatly appreciate all of our vendors' willingness to adjust their schedules in order for us to offer the full-blown Dino Day on January 30. We also apologize for any inconvenience this causes to our visitors. We know many people were looking forward to attending Dino Day and we hope you will be able to join us on the 30th. It's going to be a blast!

A Dino Day first! Life-size, cast skeletons of Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops!


Crowds making tracks into the Virginia Museum of Natural History on Saturday, January 30 for the museum’s annual Dino Day festival will be greeted by the largest display of dinosaur exhibitions the museum has ever offered.  The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes everything from life-size dinosaur cast skeletons to real dinosaur fossils and live animals.

“When planning for this year’s festival, the museum put a heavy emphasis on offering the wow factor to our visitors,” said Zach Ryder, marketing and public relations manager at the museum. “For the first time ever, the museum will have on display the life-size cast skeletons of Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops.  These will be in addition to other full-size casts that visitors have enjoyed in the past, such as Acrocanthosaurusand Allosaurus.”


Diplodocus, Appalachiosaurus and Dunkleosteus!


In addition to the new, full-size skeletons, the museum will be displaying new skull casts, including those of Diplodocus, Appalachiosaurus and Dunkleosteus, a massive, predatory fish that lived well over 350 million years ago.

“With Dino Day being an annual event, it’s important for us to offer an experience that is equally fun and exciting for repeat visitors as it is for those who have never attended before,” said Ryder.  “With all of the new offerings, we believe everyone who joins us this year will have a wonderful time.”


Another Dino Day first! Live animals!


Another major addition to this year’s festival will be a display of live animals that highlight the similarities between modern animals and dinosaurs.  Visitors will have the opportunity to see a live emu, giant tortoise, crocodile and other animals throughout the day.  The animals are presented by Cold Blooded Encounters Reptile Zoo and Science Center.

“Where else can you view a full-size, cast skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex and a live emu all at the same place?” asked Ryder.  “We really hope everyone has a ton of fun and learns a thing or two, as well.”

The museum also hopes that the festival will dispel many common myths and inaccuracies regarding dinosaurs that are often perpetuated by entertainment and popular culture.

“Movies, like ‘Jurassic World’, are great and fun to watch, but have taken a few liberties for the sake of entertainment,” said Dr. Alex Hastings, assistant curator of paleontology at the museum, who will be conducting a special presentation during Dino Day on the age of the dinosaurs and how they led to the birds of the world today.  “Here at VMNH, visitors will learn the latest in science about these amazing animals and how they lived millions of years ago.  The festival is a great way for visitors to have fun, learn something new, and ask real paleontologists about movie dinosaurs or anything else they want to know about these ancient creatures.”


Dino-themed activities throughout the day!


Dino Day offers a variety of other activities and presentations throughout the event.  All visitors will be offered the chance to go on behind-the-scenes tours of the museum and children will be able to participate in a variety of dino-themed activities, such as story time and tile painting.  Representatives from the Virginia Museum of Natural History, the Schiele Museum, and the North Carolina Fossil Club will also present various dinosaur fossils and specimens throughout the day.

Cost of admission to the festival is $5 per adult, $4 for ages 3 to 18, and $3 for college students and seniors ages 60 and over.  Children under 3 and museum members are admitted for free.  Admission covers the cost of the festival and all museum exhibit galleries.  Food will be available for purchase at the museum’s PALEO Café, with souvenirs available at the Museum Store.


Special thanks to our Dino Day sponsors:

Cold Blooded Encounters logo MHC Tourism