AMNH Dinosaurs Among Us: Educational and Interactive Fun #DinosAmongUs

Did you know that some dinosaurs had feathers! To learn more about these feathery dinos, we checked out the latest American Museum of Natural History exhibition "Dinosaurs Among Us", which highlighted the connection between extinct dinosaurs and modern day living birds.

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

Note: I was invited as media to this event. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

photo credit: © AMNH/D. Finnin

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

photo credit: © AMNH/R. Mickens

The "Dinosaurs Among Us" exhibit was visually AMAZING, educational and fun for dino loving kids (and families). My son was fascinated to learn so many new things about dinos and birds.

Dinosaurs Among Us features ancient, rarely seen fossils, and life-like models, including a 23-foot-long feathered tyrannosaur (Yutyrannus huali) and a small four-winged dromeosaur (Anchiornis huxleyi) with a 22-inch wingspan and vivid, patterned plumage.

Visitors will encounter a tiny dinosaur whose sleeping posture precisely echoes that of a living bird, an extinct-dinosaur nest containing remains of the adult that guarded the hatchlings, and the fossil cast of a relative of Triceratops that had simple feathers on its body.

The exhibition is part of a series of events, public programs, exhibitions, and digital offerings highlighting dramatic developments in paleontology.

"Dinosaurs Among Us" exhibit had lots of interactive stations. My son was able to

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

Watch a great mini movie to understand how dinos evolved into birds

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

Help hatch eggs. Do you think he will have a boy or girl? LOL. Did you know some extinct dinosaurs made nests and brooded their young in a manner very like that of some living birds?

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

Learn about different types of eggs. Did you know today’s birds are the only living animals to have colored eggshells? Crocs and alligators, and other reptiles and mammals all have white eggs.

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

Use a microscope to learn more about bones and how they help birds fly. Birds have hollow bones and most scientists assumed this trait evolved along with flight. But recent discoveries of hollow bones of large, flightless dinosaurs like Allosaurus, indicate that like many other bird characteristics, hollow bones appear early in the dinosaur family tree.

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

Use a digital display while together pieces to see if an animal will fly. After building an animal it came alive on screen.

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit
American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

But my son wasn't the only one who enjoyed learning via the displays. I took some time to learn about one of my favorite dinos, the Velociraptor! Hello Jurassic World fans!

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit

There was a very cool section that explained the differences between the Velociraptor we see in the movie and how they might have appearance in real life. Much shorter!

As you can see there's lots to learn in the "Dinosaurs Among Us" curated by Mark Norell, Macaulay Curator in the Division of Paleontology and the division’s chair. Make sure to stop in the exhibition. It will be open to the public from Monday, March 21, 2016, to January 2, 2017.


Admission

Suggested general admission, which supports the Museum’s scientific and educational endeavors and offers access to the Museum’s 45 halls including the Rose Center for Earth and Space, is $22 (adults) suggested:
$17 (students/seniors) suggested
$12.50 (children) suggested

All prices are subject to change.

The Museum offers discounted combination ticket prices that include suggested general admission plus special exhibitions, IMAX or 3D films, and Space Shows.

Museum Plus One includes one special exhibition, IMAX or 3D film, or Space Show:
$27 (adults)
$22 (students/seniors)
$16 (children)

Museum Supersaver includes all special exhibitions, IMAX or 3D film, and Space Show:
$35 (adults)
$28 (students/seniors)
$22 (children)

For more information about AMNH exhibits, call 212-769-5100 or visit www.amnh.org

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