Hannah, Interpretation Manager (no, that’s not me in the photo, it’s the Oviraptor!)
With less than two weeks of Age of the Dinosaur to go we’re starting to reflect on a ‘dinosaur-tastic’ summer.
We’ve been evaluating the exhibitions since day one, and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has contributed. Your feedback helps us to find out what you like and, just as importantly, what you don’t like. This will help both us and the Natural History Museum to improve what we do for future exhibitions, ensuring that we are responding to our visitors.
So, what do you like best? Unsurprisingly the animatronic dinosaurs are the stars of the show (though we do know that you would have liked explanatory labels beside these). You’ve been thrilled by how lifelike these moving dinosaurs are, and how the realistic sound effects and alarming shaking floor contributed to this. You’ve also given Discover Dinosaurs a big thumbs-up, with the ‘Dino Dig’ being particularly popular, as it gives you the chance to get really hands-on as palaeontologists. Lots of praise for our Dino Demonstrators too, for their enthusiasm, knowledge and skill in making the subject so much fun for visitors of all ages.
It seems you’ve been learning a lot from the exhibitions too. Many of you expressed surprise that scientists now know that some dinosaurs had feathers and the birds that we see around today are their distant relations. You’ve also enjoyed finding out that dinosaur fossils have been found in Northern Ireland and that there are more different types of dinosaur than you once thought, particularly as new dinosaurs are being discovered all the time. And, isn’t it strange that the biggest dinosaur (Argentinosaurus, who weighed in at a massive 100 tons) was a relatively gentle plant-eater rather than a fearsome meat-eater?
Here are just a few of the great comments from our visitors. Thanks again everyone!
The interactive exhibits were really good. I saw as many adults as children playing with them!
I liked the bit about the sand where you had to dig up the fossils because you could learn some new things
I learnt that all dinosaurs lived on the earth, thought they lived in the sea as well
We liked the set-up and movements of the animals. To see the children’s faces light up when viewing the exhibition was a treat.
Dinosaurs have been discovered in Northern Ireland (my son wanted to know if there was a Northern Ireland dinosaur!)
I learned how much food the dinosaurs ate in one day – a lot more than me!
Yes, I learnt the names of some dinosaurs and that dinosaur poo looks very similar to Labrador poo!
I lost count of the names of new dinosaurs I saw
Dinosaurs had feathers! Pigs, goats and horses lived millions of years before man did
Superb exhibition – well laid out, ultra-realistic and informative