The dinosaurs are here! The National History Museum’s jawdropping Dinosaur Encounter exhibition is at Rheged this summer, until 3 September.
A four-metre high and seven-metre long Tyrannosaurus Rex welcomes visitors to the Rheged Centre, part of the venue’s latest exhibition, which invites intrepid explorers on a dinosaur safari to encounter Ankylosaurus, Baryonyx and Ornithomimus.
The exhibition features state-of-the-art animatronics allowing each dinosaur to move realistically, as well as scary sound effects to transport you back millions of years. In all, 10 dinosaur models are on display. Visitors can also study replicas of ancient fossils and marvel at the 3D printing technology which recreates ancient fossils scanned and shared from museums around the world.
Rheged’s own cinema screen (the size of six double-decker buses) will also be showing the hit BBC Earth film Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.
The exhibition is open daily until 3 September from 9.15am to 5pm. Booking in advance is essential to ensure you don’t miss out. Tickets, which cost £6.50 for adults, £5 for children (under 16) can be booked online at www.rheged.com, or by calling the box office on 01768 868000. Children under two go free.