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July 27, 2018 thru July 28, 2018


Crowds roaring into the Virginia Museum of Natural History on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 for the museum’s Dino Festival will be greeted by a plethora of life-size, cast skeletons of some of the most famous dinosaurs to ever roam the earth, and a huge variety of actual dinosaur fossils - including fossils brought to the museum from a recent VMNH dinosaur excavation!  New for 2018 - we will have the Dinosaur Discovery maze exhibit on display in the Suzanne M. Lacy Education Center.  Join us Friday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and/or Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a day full of life-size cast dinosaur skeletons, real dinosaur fossils, presentations by renowned paleontologists, as well as a large variety of dino-themed activities and crafts!

 
 
Life-size cast skeletons and skulls!


Triceratops

A large, plant-eating dinosaur distinguishable by its large frill and three horns that lived during the Late Cretaceous period, from approximately 68 to 66 million years ago

Stegosaurus
A large, plant-eating dinosaur distinguishable by two rows of bony plates on its back that lived during the Late Jurassic period, from approximately 155 to 150 million years ago

Acrocanthosaurus
A massive, carnivorous, theropod dinosaur that existed in what is now North America during the Early Cretaceous period, from approximately 125 million to 100 million years ago

Tentontosaurus
A speedy and vicious carnivore of the Early Cretaceous period, with large, retractable, hunting claws on its feet that it used to subdue and kill its prey, from approximately 115 to 108 million years ago

Allosaurus
A large, carnivorous, theropod dinosaur of the Late Jurassic period, from approximately 155 to 150 million years ago

Tyrannosaurus rex (skull)
A large, carnivorous, theropod dinosaur that roamed what is now western North America during the Late Cretaceous period, from approximately 68 to 66 million years ago

Appalachiosaurus (skull)
A large, carnivorous predator that roamed what is now eastern North America during the Late Cretaceous period, from approximately 77 million years ago

Diplodocus (skull)
A massive, long-necked herbivore that lived in what is now western North America during the Late Jurassic period, from approximately 154 to 152 million years ago

Dinosaur Discovery maze exhibit

The exploration begins in the Dinosaur Discovery Maze! Journey back in time and make discoveries around every turn of this interactive, walk-through maze. How do visitors know they have seen everything in the maze? It starts with a Dino Passport that visitors pick up at the maze entry. Visitors then answer leading questions based on 9 activity stations found throughout the maze. Attractive dinosaur murals and specimens are scattered throughout, along with educational content about dinosaur basics.

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