Field Museum Underscoring its Prehistoric Preeminence with Jurassic World: The Exhibition
Chicago engagement of the touring exhibition follows attendance-shattering records at its worldwide premiere in Melbourne and Its North American debut in Philadelphia
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinematic history, Jurassic World: The Exhibition is set to open its gates at the acclaimed Field Museum, home to one of the best dinosaur collections in the world, on May 26, 2017. The touring exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in settings inspired by the groundbreaking film franchise Jurassic World, blending real-world science and education with the very best in high-quality entertainment. This summer, not only will visitors be able to see real dinosaur fossils at The Field Museum, they will be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among the breathtaking animals.
Produced in conjunction with Universal 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). The larger-than-life exhibition made its world premiere in Melbourne, and marked its U.S. debut at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, shattering attendance records at both venues.
Featuring the closest simulation of dinosaurs ever created, the exhibition was developed in close collaboration with renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, who served as Paleontological Advisor on Jurassic World the movie. Jurassic World: The Exhibition is infused with interactive educational elements—inspired by the real-world science of dinosaur DNA that allowed Jurassic World to come to life.
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. To accommodate the massive size of the dinosaurs, The Field Museum is erecting a 16,000-square-foot exhibition tent on the front lawn of the museum—a first-of-its-kind structure for the museum.
“From the beginning of this project, our mission has been to transport people to Jurassic World,” said Tom Zaller, President & CEO of Imagine Exhibitions. “I am proud of all that our team at Imagine Exhibitions has accomplished with our partners, and that we are fortunate enough to help bring the astonishing Jurassic World franchise to life.”
“One of our goals as a museum is to provide visitors with the best dinosaur experience in the world,” says Field Museum President Richard Lariviere. “Our fossil collections are one of the greatest things about The Field Museum, and the Jurassic World dinosaurs are an incredible way to spark our imaginations about them. After experiencing an animatronic T. rex, you can come inside, witness SUE, and picture what an incredible animal she must have been in real life.”
Guests of the exhibition 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; get a special preview of Jurassic World’s top-secret project, the Indominus rex; and go inside the Raptor Training Paddock.
Jurassic World: The Exhibition will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and 5–9 p.m. through Labor Day with Fall evening hours yet to be announced. Ticket prices are $10 for children and $15 for adults for daytime entry (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) in addition to general museum admission and $20 for children and $25 for adults for evening entry. Jurassic World: The Exhibition will run from May 26, 2017, to January 7, 2018.
For ticket-sales information, head to www.fieldmuseum.org/JurassicWorld.
After exploring Jurassic World, visitors can, of course, head inside The Field Museum and visit SUE, the world’s largest, best-preserved, and most complete T. rex, along with the incredible fossils in the museum’s permanent exhibition, Evolving Planet.
Rendering from Jurassic World: The Exhibition on view this spring at The Field Museum in Chicago (photo courtesy of The Field Museum).