Be the Dinosaur

February 1 - May 16, 2016

Want to know what it would be like to be a dinosaur? Now you can through virtual technology in this new, innovative exhibition.

Be the Dinosaur™ is a groundbreaking fusion of state-of-the-art video game technology and traditional exhibits, featuring full-size dinosaur bones, a paleontology field station, a Safari Jeep and more. The primary intended audience is K-8, but visitors of all ages can enjoy entering into the largest and most complex restoration of an extinct ecosystem ever created

  • Artificially intelligent and scientifically accurate dinosaurs with muscle, nervous, sensory and digestive systems.
  • Spectacular cutting-edge content!
  • Easy to use controls and activities specifically for younger visitors!
  • World-class Advisory Panel; including renowned paleontologists and interactivity experts.
  • Eureka Inquiry-Based Simulation Technology allows visitors to experience this lost world - singularly or as a group.
  • Explore some of the greatest mysteries of paleontology in a completely interactive way. What was a day in the life of a dinosaur like? How might they have lived? What can fossil evidence tell us about the way extinct animals lived their lives?

The truly innovative aspect of Be the Dinosaur™ is the necessary interaction with both traditional and interactive elements to fully experience the exhibit. More time spent absorbing the lessons presented on physical exhibit components will equip the visitor to perform well in the simulation. Physical components of the exhibit highlight educational goals reflecting the most current available data on dinosaur biology, behavior, food sources, and ecology.

For the first time, artificially intelligent dinosaurs roam across realistic terrain. No two experiences with the digital animals are alike! Experience the day-to-day lives of the dinosaurs, living and learning in their world, understanding their effect on the environment and its effects on them. Experience what it was like to BE a dinosaur!

The Oshkosh Public Museum is honored to host a lecture

Behaviors of Dinosaurs

by Joseph E. Peterson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Geology at UW-Oshkosh

Monday, February 1, at 3:00 pm

Over the last ten years, Dr. Joseph Peterson has been studying various injuries in Cretaceous dinosaurs such as the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex, the horned Triceratops, and the thick-headed Pachycephalosaurus. These injuries, or "paleopathologies," provide insight into the paleobiology and behaviors of dinosaurs.

On Monday, February 1, at 3:00 pm, Dr. Peterson will present on the topic of injuries in dinosaurs and how we can use those findings to infer behaviors. Event is free with general admission and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is requested by contacting Karla Szekeres at 920-236-5763 or email.

Visit the groundbreaking Be the Dinosaur™ exhibit and discover what it would be like to be a dinosaur. Regular hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-4:30 pm and Sunday from 1 pm-4:30 pm, however the Museum will be open from 10 am-4:30 pm on Monday, February 1, for this special exhibition opening. Be the Dinosaur™ will be on view until May 16.