Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction (2014).

indexYes, I am aware that I just visited a dinosaur exhibition recently at the Science Centre. I just cannot get enough of these creatures alright. However, the experience was very different from the last one.

Maybe it is the location, the arrangement of the exhibits or the compulsory photo-taking at the start but the atmosphere felt a little less fun compared to my experience at the Science Centre. Possibly because there were no life-sized machines that took my breath away or amazing soundscapes. It felt very much like a museum instead of me stepping into a different world to learn and explore a different time. It is a little hard to put the feeling into words.

Anyhow, I enjoyed my time and took my time learning as much as I can while children were running all around me.

There were fossils as well as skeletal casts of various dinosaurs. The exhibition tried to provide a wide range of land, sea, big and small dinosaurs to be put on display. It kept the interest going throughout the exhibition and I really liked how models of dinosaurs were made and placed next to their skeletal casts. It definitely helped me imagine how they looked like and might have behaved in reality. Some of the models were made to scale as well, which was really awesome and made me feel a tiny bit closer to them.

There were sections when fight scenes were recreated as well as dinosaur models were placed in an artificially-created environment to give us an idea of how they each might have interacted with each other and how they lived among nature back then. Those were pretty cool and I spent quite a bit of time at those sections. They were all carefully recreated so it was easy to suspend my imagination and just go with it.

Technological use, such as sounds, were pretty minimal and the quantity in fossils, models as well as activities (touching replica bones, story-telling for children, etc) made up for them. Also, a lot of information was given in signs, labels as well as a few documentaries. It got a bit overwhelming for me as some spaces were just framed notes and signs, so a lot of reading was done and they were less visually stimulating. The whole exhibition was real long too – a lot of things to cover and to remember if you are there to learn – so I felt a little tired after looking at the fluorescent lights and words for a few hours.

However, I must say that having artworks put up and shared was a wonderful experience. The quality of the drawings and paintings made were pretty amazing and they captured the surroundings of the creatures as well. It gave me images to imagine and feel, which was nice. The details, proportions and the way in which these creatures moved were captured in the pieces of art – be it sketches, skeletal drawings or paintings. It was just wonderful to learn from art instead of reading. Something refreshing for me.

Well, hope there will be more dinosaurs discovered the next time round and a little more excitement.

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