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Ulster Museum’s Age of the Dinosaur a monster of a show

By Amanda Poole

It's been a monster success. Since the Ulster Museum’s Age of the Dinosaur exhibition opened last Friday more than 6,245 inquiring minds have been to check it out.

Each day hundreds of school pupils from across Northern Ireland have journeyed to the Botanic Gardens venue and 3,000 more are booked to visit with their teachers before the end of June.

The Ulster Museum’s visitor services manager, Rhonda Black, said the whole team was thrilled at the positive response so far.

“The exhibition has proved a real hit with the public and young visitors have very much enjoyed the hands-on activities,” Ms Black said.

“We have received much positive feedback about the quality and extent of the exhibition and continue to encourage the public to book their tickets and time slot in advance online.”

Among the plethora of activities on offer visitors have been handling real fossils, giant leg bones and skulls, as well as exploring plants the dinosaurs would have eaten.

And would-be palaeontologists have been getting to grips with the dedicated dino-dig area, where you can brush away sand to unearth hidden fossils.

Age of the Dinosaurs runs until September 16, so Dr Geraldine McCartney, learning officer at the Ulster Museum, says everyone has the opportunity to check it out at least once.

She said the travelling exhibition from the Natural History Museum, in London, featuring life-sized animatronic dinosaurs had proved a huge hit.

“The Natural History Museum is well known for its robotic dinosaurs, and now we have them,” Dr McCartney said.

“It’s also given us the opportunity to showcase some of our fossils.”

To book tickets or for more information call 028 9044 0000 or visit www.nmni.com.

Quotes

“I liked the electronic dinosaurs because they were realistic.”

“I liked scraping sand away from the bones.”

“The interactive exhibits were really good. I saw as many adults as children playing with them!”

“We liked the very cool dinosaurs and the interactive parts for the children — they loved it!”

“Very informative — I didn’t know dinosaurs had feathers.”

“I found out dinosaurs lived all over the world and not just in North America and Europe as I once believed.”

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