Be the Dinosaur debuts at Oshkosh Public Museum

Special Exhibition Opening Premier is on Monday, February 1, from 10a-4:30p

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a dinosaur? What did they do all day? What type of ecosystem did these "Thunder Lizards" command millions of years ago? Would you join a dinosaur herd or try to survive alone?

Be the Dinosaur™ is the world's first museum exhibition centered on an accurately recreated virtual Cretaceous ecosystem that plays like a video game. All exhibit content was developed in consultation with a team of expert advisors from the fields of paleontology, museums, and media. Chief Paleontology Advisor, Dr. John Hutchinson of the Royal Veterinary College in London, said, "This is the closest you will ever get to a safari trip in the Cretaceous."

During the experience, you actually can become a moving, breathing, interactive dinosaur and see how the dinosaur's biology changes due to temperate or what it has just eaten. In addition to the one-of-a-kind interactive elements, the exhibit also features a life-sized fossil cast of a Triceratops skull and other hands-on dinosaur bones replicas. There is also a paleontology field station, a Dino Safari jeep and much more. The exhibit will be on view until May 16, 2016.

An exhibition opening premier for Be the Dinosaur™ will be held on Monday, February 1. The Museum will be open from 10 am to 4:30 pm for this special event, and Joseph E. Peterson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geology at UW-Oshkosh, will present "Behaviors of Dinosaurs" starting at 3 pm.

Dr. Peterson has been studying various injuries in Cretaceous dinosaurs over the last ten years. He will discuss his research on these injuries, or "paleopathologies," and how they can provide insight into the paleobiology and behaviors of dinosaurs. The lecture 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.

Regular hours at the Oshkosh Public Museum, 1331 Algoma Boulevard, are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-4:30 pm and Sunday from 1 pm-4:30 pm. However, the Museum will also be open from 10 am-4:30 pm on Monday, February 1 and May 16 for the Be the Dinosaur™ exhibit. For more information about the Museum's programming events and exciting exhibits, visit oshkoshmuseum.org, call 920.236.5799 or email.

About the Oshkosh Public Museum
The Oshkosh Public Museum is a regional history museum, nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Housed in the historic Sawyer home since 1924, the Museum is entrusted with the care of approximately 250,000 artifacts and historical documents representing all aspects of the region's people and heritage. The Museum is dedicated to excellence in preservation of historical collections strongly focused around the Fox River and the extensive Winnebago watershed; interactively communicating the story of Oshkosh and the Lake Winnebago region through well-researched, quality exhibitions, programs and publications; and engaging guests in ways that inspire discovery. For admission, hours and more information about the Museum's exciting exhibits and events, visit oshkoshmuseum.org, call 920.236.5799 or email.

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