This week I visited the newly reopened Dinosaur Museum and was impressed with the unique way the owner utilized the space of the new venue.
The museum’s previous location next to the Wal-Mart on Highway 76 was damaged by the 2012 tornado that also left other Branson businesses in ruins on its way through town. Although the original location was larger, Operations Manager June Tillis said they just had to get a little more creative with the exhibits. And I’m glad they did!
As you make your way the museum’s exhibits, you’ll experience more than 50 different dinosaur models that are all built to scale as they tower over you with insanely large claws that leave you feeling … well, incredibly puny.
Walking underneath the tails of these gigantic creatures transports you back to the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods when these amazing reptiles dominated the land, water and sky of the earth.
Younger children will enjoy the realistic, life-size dinosaurs and interactive fossil dig where they can sift through the sand to uncover age-old fossils left behind.
Older kids might enjoy taking the time to read all the fascinating information about these extinct creatures scattered throughout the museum, including the Smilodon fatalis, a saber-toothed cat that lived about 11,000 years ago, the Rizinosaurus cheloniformis who possessed the largest claws known to any animal, and of course the Tyrannosaurus Rex who had a brain as big as the average human being’s.
Other interesting exhibits to look forward to including one that compares the skulls of homo sapiens with those of other geographical regions and time periods and another that compares the gigantic egg of the extinct elephant bird with eggs of bald eagles, geese, doves and more. You’ll be shocked once you realize how large the flightless bird that lived 300 years ago must have been to create an egg so big.
The museum also features a small movie theater showcasing an informative video about dinosaurs so you can rest your legs and still soak up all the dinosaur history.
This museum is a great stop for younger kids as well as those interested in brushing up on their dino facts. So visit the Dinosaur Museum and discover what it would have felt like to coexist with these gigantic creatures that walked the earth millions of years ago.
For tickets or more information, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyDinosaurMuseumTickets.cfm.
The Dinosaur Museum’s new location is in the former Waltzing Waters building at 3619 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson, next door to the World’s Largest Toy Museum.