Visitors to W5 Belfast this summer will be invited to step into the land before time as a Dinosaur Encounter touring exhibition from the Natural History Museum, which features lifelike and awe inspiring animatronic models, opens to the public today.
The exhibition will be running daily throughout the summer from 6 June to 31 August. Ideal for families and school groups, it will be free to visit with admission to W5.
The dinosaur safari will take visitors through primordial landscapes, with moving and roaring beasts providing a real life impression of the planet 160 million years ago.
The exhibition features eight stunning animatronic dinosaur models which appear as scientifically accurate as possible. Visitors will be able to view artefacts such as dinosaur teeth and bones and learn about the role of the scientists working in paleontology.
The star of the show will be the ¾ size Tyrannosaurus Rex, one of the largest land-dwelling meat eaters that ever lived, not to mention the most famous dinosaur of them all thanks to movies such as Jurassic Park.
Adrian Lutton, head of exhibitions, design and marketing at W5, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dinosaur Encounter to W5 this summer and also work in partnership with the Natural History Museum to deliver a truly incredible experience for our visitors.
“This is one of the most exciting exhibitions that we have brought to the centre so far. Through in-depth research and advanced technology the team has been able to bring new levels of lifelike reality to the animatronic models.”
He added: “Visitors will come face to face with the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, one of the fiercest land predators ever known. This massive animatronic model, which stands at 4 metres tall and 7 metres long, is so lifelike you’ll think it’s the real thing.
“We hope that through this enjoyable and immersive exhibition our visitors will be inspired to discover more about dinosaurs.”
For more information please visit: www.w5online.co.uk