Carnegie Museum of Natural History

For more information, contact: Leigh Kish
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
412.622.3361 (office), 412.526.8587 (mobile)
KishL@carnegiemnh.org

June 11, 2010

   

Guided tours of Dinosaurs in Their Time free with admission at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.... Guided tours of Dinosaurs in Their Time have returned to Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Each tour is a trip back in time to visit the Mesozoic Era—the Age of Dinosaurs—where visitors experience Diplodocus, Stegosaurus, T. rex, and other favorites with museum staff as their guides. These all-ages tours are free with museum admission and no reservations are required. Heralded as one of the best places in the world to see and learn about dinosaurs, Dinosaurs in Their Time is the first permanent exhibition anywhere to feature dynamically posed, scientifically accurate dinosaur skeletons immersed in re-created environments. Carnegie Museum of Natural History is known worldwide for its collections and scientific research, which help people of all ages better understand important scientific principles such as evolution, extinction, and interconnectivity of ecosystems and nature.

Tour Schedule
Through July 3*
Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 and 3 p.m.

July 5*–September 5
Daily, 1:30 and 3 p.m.

*The museum is closed Sunday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

About Dinosaurs in Their Time
Featuring 19 fully articulated dinosaur skeletons, Dinosaurs in Their Time places dinosaur species with the plant and animal species that lived at the same time. The exhibition is arranged chronologically so visitors “walk through” approximately 185 million years in time, beginning in the Triassic Period (251–200 million years ago), winding into the Jurassic (200–145 mya), and ending in the Cretaceous Period (145–65 mya). The re-created environments demonstrate that all dinosaurs did not live at the same point in history, and also show visitors the interconnected ecosystems in which dinosaurs participated with many other plants, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and even mammals.

All told, Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibits 230 plant and animal specimens, of which 75% are actual fossils from Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s renowned invertebrate and vertebrate paleontology collections. Interactive panels with touchscreen technology engage visitors and encourage exploration of more information about the environments and the dramatic events unfolding before them. A blend of scientific knowledge and artistic design, Dinosaurs in Their Time features several large-scale tableaus, such as two T. rex specimens engaging in battle over a fallen Edmontosaurus, and an adult Apatosaurus with a whip-like tail protecting its young from a charging Allosaurus.

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 22 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures. More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or by visiting the website, www.carnegiemnh.org.