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Natural sciences museum opens new dinosaur exhibit Saturday

Posted May 15, 2013

Dinosaurs in Motion opens at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences on May 18.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will unveil a new exhibit this Saturday featuring life-size metal dinosaur sculptures that visitors can actually move themselves.

Dinosaurs in Motion is said to fuse art with science with 14 dinosaurs created by North Carolina sculptor John Payne. The exhibit runs through Sept. 8 at the downtown Raleigh museum.

Here's the interactive part, according to a press release from the museum: Museum goers can make the dinosaurs move by using either a lever-and-pulley system or remote controls. In the exhibit's Innovations Stations, visitors can try out hands-on activities that include making their own sculptures out of recycled scraps.

Payne's inspiration for the work came from the hours spent with his children enjoying the dinosaurs at The Field Museum in Chicago. Payne worked to create the sculptures until his death in 2008. Click here to watch a YouTube video about his work.

Starting Saturday, Dinosaurs in Motion will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday (the last entry is at 4 p.m.).

Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for students, seniors age 65 and up and military; and $6 for kids ages 3 to 12. General admission to the museum, as always, is free.


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