Walk With the Dinosaurs at Branson’s Dinosaur Museum

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!

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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.

New Exhibit and Events at Titanic Musuem

TitanicWhen visiting Branson this holiday season, be sure to make a trip to the world famous Titanic Museum—the world’s largest museum attraction! Guests visiting the interactive museum will have an opportunity to walk the grand staircase, steer the ship, learn to send an SOS signal, and even touch an iceberg during this two-hour walk through experience!

As the winner of the 2012 and 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, the Titanic Museum in Branson promises Branson visitors an unforgettable trip back in time as they explore a number of exhibits and over 400 authentic artifacts.

In addition to the museum’s already stellar exhibits, the Titanic Museum will be presenting a new, world exclusive exhibit in 2014! Starting on Friday, January 10, 2014 the Titanic Museum will be home to a new exhibit featuring a beautiful exploration of the lives of the ship’s eight heroic musicians. The exhibit will take an in depth look at the musician’s lives, loves, and legacies and promises to be a powerful and moving display of the valiant men’s lives.

March 15th – March 22nd the museum will host the 2nd Annual Titanic Author’s Week! Praised authors of Titanic historical books and novels will make a public appearance on Saturday, March 15th through Saturday March 22nd at the museum from 10am – 5pm. Titanic fans and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet these celebrated authors during this book-signing event.

For more information about the Titanic Museum in Branson, please visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/Titanic.cfmTitanic

I Believe it, Ripley!

Branson 11.13 001Wednesday I went to what is probably the most unique place on Earth—the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Branson.

Before my trip to the museum I didn’t know who exactly Robert Ripley was, but now I think he ranks in the top 5 people I would want to have a conversation with if I could talk to anyone alive or dead.

Here’s why:

1. He started his career in the early 1900s as a newspaper cartoonist, eventually authoring the famous “Believe It or Not!” comic, which featured a cornucopia of weird and funny images.

2. After “Believe It or Not” gained fame, Ripley explored the world in search of odd people and bizarre things.

3. Basically, Ripley was the forerunner to the internet when it comes to showcasing strange feats, out of the ordinary people, and truly unexpected artwork.

4. He said, “I have traveled to 201 countries including Hell (Norway), and the strangest thing I’ve seen…is man.”

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The seemingly crumbling “Odditorium” is filled with artifacts even more strange than the building’s exterior. This museum was right up my alley! I loved the bizarre artwork and sculptures, like the painting of Van Gogh comprised entirely of painted butterfly wings or the giant Hulk statue made only of car parts.

There is something to interest every generation in this museum; nostalgia from the past as well as fun illusions. I saw everything from a real shrunken human head to a replica of the world’s largest pearl! This is definitely one place you don’t want to miss on your next Branson trip.