Jurassic Park meets the OC in January when the award-winning Fullerton Museum Center unveils its newest exhibit, “Hatching the Past: Dinosaur Eggs, Nest and Young.”
The exhibit, developed by The Stone Company of Colorado, a firm which specializes in fossil acquisition and preparation, will open Jan. 27 and run through April 29.
A special “Dyno-myte Opening Celebration” will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 27th, and will include a pancake brunch, activities for families, a dinosaur bounce house for kids, and a preview of the exhibit led by a curator.
The hands-on exhibit will feature actual fossils of dinosaur eggs along with many educational tools that portray and illustrate life in those far distant times. The exhibit was developed by The Stone Company and has also appeared at the museums at both Harvard and Yale universities.
Special highlights of the exhibit include two hands-on dig pits and a circular nest of elongated eggs to be “discovered” by young visitors to the exhibit. Also featured will be a model of the dinosaur embryo dubbed “Baby Louie.” The model, by paleo-sculptor Brian Cooley, was commissioned by “National Geographic.”
“Baby Louie” was discovered by Stone Company owner Charlie Magovern in a large block of dinosaur egg fossils purchased from Chinese geologists. While preparing the stone, Magovern discovered “Baby Louie’s” skeleton, giving the fossil the distinction of being the only hatchling dinosaur ever found articulated, with its bones aligned as they were in life. New evidence confirms the hatchling represents a new species of giant oviraptor.
Admission to the opening celebration will be free to members of the Fullerton Museum Center, and $10 per person for adults, $5 for children 3-13, and free to children 2 and under.
The Fullerton Museum Center, named the “Outstanding Arts Organization” by Arts Orange County, is located at 301 N. Pomona Ave., east of Harbor Blvd., in downtown Fullerton. Hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday, and noon – 8 p.m. Thursday.
Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for students with student identification and senior citizens 65 and older, $1 for children 6 to 12, and free to children under 5 and to members of the Fullerton Museum Center.
Admission is $2 for all visitors from 4-8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.
Further information about any of the exhibits or education programs may be obtained by calling the Fullerton Museum Center at (714) 738-6545.
Persons requiring special accommodations to view the exhibit are asked to notify the museum staff prior to coming to the Fullerton Museum Center.