Temporary Exhibit ‘Be the Dinosaur’. Courtesy photo
ALBUQUERQUE ― The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s new traveling exhibit Be the Dinosaur™ is a state-of-the-art video game that allows visitors to explore some of the greatest mysteries of paleontology in a completely interactive way while walking through the Cretaceous period as a dinosaur.
The six stations allow the visitor to forage through a virtual field searching for food and water while also avoiding attacks from other dinosaurs. Visitors of all ages can enter into the largest and most complex restoration of an extinct ecosystem ever created. The exhibit is set up in a way to help explain what a day in the life of a dinosaur was like and demonstrates how they might have lived.
“We are looking forward to seeing our guests interact with this fun exhibit,” Museum Executive Director Margie Marino. “Kids love Dinosaurs and this exhibit will allow them to see what it is like to actually be one.”
The exhibit is included in the museum’s admission prices, which are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children. Along with Be the Dinosaur, visitors to the museum can explore several different geologic time periods of New Mexico and can also explore the stars in its Planetarium (additional cost for Planetarium shows).
Visitors also can see live native animals in the Naturalist Center, the museum’s hands-on educational room. Large format movies can be seen every hour in the museum’s Lockheed Martin Dyna Theater (additional cost for Dyna Theater shows).
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is a Division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department of Cultural Affairs is New Mexico’s cultural steward and is charged with preserving and showcasing the state’s cultural riches. With its eight museums, eight historic monuments, arts, archaeology, historic preservation and library programs, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is the largest state cultural agency in the nation.