Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family makes North American premiere at Waterloo Region Museum in Ontario, Canada

WATERLOO REGION  – A blockbuster exhibit Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family makes its North American premiere at the Waterloo Region Museum this winter and is on exhibit from February 3 to April 30. Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, developed by the Australian Museum, is an innovative, hands-on immersive experience. Come face-to-face with life-sized dinosaur skeletons, including ‘Scotty’ the Tyrannosaurus rex. Waterloo is located around a 45 minute drive from Toronto.

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“We’re thrilled to bring this incredible exhibit about Tyrannosaurs to Canada,” said Geoff Lorentz, Regional Councillor and Chair of the Region of Waterloo Community Services Committee.

“Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family provides a snapshot of dinosaur life and shows how this group of animals became the world’s top predators with their massive skulls, powerful jaws and bone-crunching teeth. Who isn’t fascinated by dinosaurs!” said Tom Reitz, Manager/Curator of the Waterloo Region Museum.

The Waterloo Region Museum anticipates record crowds to see this world class exhibition that is on exhibit during Family Day weekend and March Break.

In order to accommodate demand, the museum is extending open hours to 8 p.m. on February 23, March 23 and April 13.

Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family features many family activities and is appropriate for people of all ages, including children over 3 years of age. Highlights include:

  • The first exhibition to showcase the revised tyrannosaur family tree
  • More than 10 life-sized dinosaur specimens on display
  • Meet Guanlong wucaii – the newly discovered feathery relative of T. rex
  • Learn how recent scientific findings confirm the links between dinosaurs and birds
  • Using multi-touch technologies, visitors can compare their arm strength to that of a mighty T. rex

The exhibit includes a table-top video game that multiple people can play at the same time. Players hatch mystery Tyrannosaurs and have to place them correctly on the  family tree of dinosaurs. If you place all the dinosaurs in the right order, a giant meteor wipes them all out – demonstrating the mass extinction which they faced.

Visitors can download the free Tyrannosaurs gaming app, already downloaded more than 2 million times, and have fun hatching dinosaur eggs and collecting them while discovering secrets behind this formidable dinosaur family.

This exhibition was developed by the Australian Museum and is toured internationally by Flying Fish.

Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family<http://www.waterlooregionmuseum.com/exhibits/tyrannosaurs-meet-the-family/> is on exhibit from February 3 to April 30, and is included with general admission. Waterloo Region Museum is located at 10 Huron Rd., in Kitchener, ON.

To learn more visit www.waterlooregionmuseum.com or call 519-748-1914.

About Waterloo Region Museum

Waterloo Region Museum is the largest community museum in Ontario. The main gallery of the museum tells the story of Waterloo Region and the feature gallery of the museum showcases changing local and travelling exhibits from around the world. Waterloo Region Museum is open daily and is the entrance to Doon Heritage Village.

Doon Heritage Village is a picturesque 60 acre living history village that interprets life in Waterloo Region in the year 1914. Doon Heritage Village is a seasonal village that is open May 1 to Dec. 23

Waterloo Region Hall of Fame is located on the second floor of the Waterloo Region Museum and tells the stories of more than 400 inductees. The Hall of Fame features exhibits and an electronic kiosk that contains photos and biographies.

Admission includes the Museum, Village and Hall of Fame: Adult – $10, Senior & student – $8, Children ages 5 to 12 – $5 Children ages 4 and under – Free Family (2 adults and dependent children) – $25 All rates plus HST.

Waterloo Region Museum campus facilities include: • Indoor museum exhibit galleries • A picturesque 60 acre living history village that interprets life in Waterloo Region in the year 1914 • 114 seat Christie® Theatre, meeting rooms, green space and a grand foyer for community rental • Artifact storage and preservation facilities

Waterloo Region Museum, Joseph Schneider Haus and McDougall Cottage are part of Region of Waterloo Museums

The Region of Waterloo provides more than 60 per cent of municipal services to a growing population of 550,000 people. We are committed to creating an inclusive, thriving and sustainable community through innovative leadership and a range of services such as: public health, social services, planning, heritage, water supply, regional roads, waste management, ambulance service, rural libraries, public transit, community housing, emergency planning, Provincial Offences Courts  and airport services.

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