St. Louis Science Center | Dinosaurs Unearthed

Over the weekend, my son wanted to see the Dinosaurs at the St. Louis Science Center for his 3rd birthday. The giant T-Rex that is eating the Triceratops, on the lower level of the main building, is one of his favorite things is to see. While there we decided to see the Dinosaurs Unearthed, a special exhibit of life-like sculptures and fossils.

Dinosaurs Unearthed is held in the Exploradome just upstairs from the giant T-Rex and Triceratops. You have to have a ticket to enter, which only costs non-members $12.50 or $10.50 for children. My son got in free because he is under 4, so that saved me a little money.

Dinosaurs Unearthed is a room filled with live-sized animatronic dinosaurs in their natural environment, roaring and moving just enough to make you forget that they are fake.

Along with the animatronic dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Unearthed has plenty of real fossils to look at, including a leg of a dinosaur that towers over everything in the room. Describing the size and scope of this leg is one of the hardest things to put into words. All I can say is it was as tall as the room, and if you’ve ever been inside of the Exploradome you’ll know what I’m talking about, but just to be safe you should go visit it yourself. But keep in mind, this is only the leg, it’s staggering to think how large this dinosaur must have been when alive.

If you’re a nerd like me, there are a ton of new facts to read about. I’m a believer in the dinosaur/bird theory, but it did seem like they were cramming it down my throat a little. But they did have some great exhibits on Raptors with feathers and some that even looked like modern birds.

My son didn’t grasp everything that he saw, in-fact, I think he may have believed that the dinosaurs we saw were alive. Almost like visiting a dinosaur zoo or Jurassic Park. But he did think it was one of the coolest things he’d ever seen. He roared his terrible roar and gnashed his terrible teeth right along wit them. And talked about the dinosaurs nearly the entire ride home, at least until he fell asleep.

All-in-all, Dinosaurs Unearthed was worth the money we spent and the trip to the St. Louis Science Center, and I highly recommend going to visit it before it leaves on March 28th of this year.

Dinosaurs Unearthed combines life-like sculptures and rare, feathered fossils to create an exhibition that sends you back in time to walk among the dinosaurs in their natural habitats.”


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