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MASTERS OF EARTH: ‘Jurassic World’ exhibit might be the closest thing to interacting with dinosaurs

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
bbingaman@21st-centurymedia.com
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In case you missed the big announcement this summer, today (Nov. 25) is the day “Jurassic World: The Exhibition” opens to the public.
After the educational blockbuster exhibit thrilled Australian audiences, its debut in North America happens in the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion and the Mandell Center at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Imagine the reactions of these day campers visiting the Franklin Institute on Aug. 30 when a velociraptor walked out and roared at them.

Imagine the reactions of these day campers visiting the Franklin Institute on Aug. 30 when a velociraptor walked out and roared at them.

As you might have guessed from the name, it’s based on Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World,” and the whole “Jurassic Park” franchise. Presented by Imagine Exhibitions, it has life-size animatronic dinosaurs designed by Creature Technology Company (they did the touring arena attraction “Walking with Dinosaurs”) set in immersive, themed environments inspired by the popular movie.
It’ll be like being a guest at the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World theme parks, minus the disasters that set those movies in motion. You’ll get welcomed to Isla Nublar as a VIP guest on a specially guided tour of the park. Stops include The Creation Lab, where you’ll see the real world science surrounding dinosaur DNA, and the Raptor Training Paddock. You should be able to encounter Tyrannosaurus Rex without getting eaten, and a 24-foot-tall brachiosaurus.
In Philadelphia through April 2017, “Jurassic World: The Exhibition” was created in collaboration with paleontologist Jack Horner, who was an advisor for the “Jurassic World” film. It even includes authentic fossils and paleontological specimens. Check out www.jurassicworldtheexhibition.com.
Franklin Institute president and CEO Larry Dubinski stated in a press release: “Paleontologist and exhibit advisor Jack Horner made his first discovery at the age of 8, and has not stopped digging since. That is exactly the impact we hope this exhibit has on children and all visitors — piquing their curiosity and inspiring them to never stop digging, exploring and learning … Dinosaurs are extremely fascinating creatures, plain and simple. People of all ages continue to be in awe of them, and scientists will never stop learning from them.”

By the way, after the movie “Jurassic World” grossed an unfathomable $1.67 billion worldwide in 2015, Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will go to work on a sequel in 2018.

IF YOU GO

What: “Jurassic World: The Exhibition.”
When: Through April.
Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia.
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Last admission at 7 p.m. The exceptions are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Tickets: $19.95, $15.95 for children 3-11. Daytime tickets include admission to the rest of the Franklin Institute, evening tickets after 5 p.m. do not.
Info.: Call (215) 448-1200 or visit www.fi.edu.

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