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A big pandemic calls for big entertainment. And there's no bigger entertainers than dinosaurs...!

DAVID F. ASHTON - Outside the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, a guest stops to photograph this giant beast, a full-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex, posted there as a signal that the new exhibition Dinosaurs Revealed is now on display inside.As guests walk into the latest exhibition at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), they're met with loud growls, thundering snarls, and deep roars. It's not dangerous. It's "Dinosaurs Revealed", and it's now open to the public in the main exhibition area.

Creating the din are 26 lifelike and life-size animatronic dinosaurs – sounding, and looking, as if they're ready for lunch. But have no fear, these ancient beasts are securely anchored in place, and will neither pounce nor chomp.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Snapping a photo at OMSI of a ravenous Allosaurus, this guest is counting on the beast not snapping back at him! As visitors wind their ways through the exposition, they'll discover and learn about dinosaurs in successive periods in Earth's history – specifically, the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Periods.

"One of the things that makes this special for us is that it focuses specifically on North America's dinosaurs – in the Mesozoic era – right in the place we now call the Pacific Northwest!" the exhibit's local manager, OMSI educator Jennifer Powers, remarked during a sneak preview we attended just before it opened, on Friday, March 19.

"Also, 'Dinosaurs Revealed' is a great way for all of us to 'travel back in time' and experience the evolution of our environment, as well as that of the dinosaurs and other animals," Powers told THE BEE. "And, it's a great way for us to start conversations about the changing climate, and the environment that we are now experiencing."

High hopes it can stay open this time

This wasn't a great year for OMSI, with their "Exquisite Creatures" exhibition closing prematurely; with "BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life" being shuttered only ten days after it opened; and with "The Life & Legacy of Genghis Khan" being shut down by COVID-19 governmental restrictions, just as it was opening. At least you saw pictorial coverage of all three of those here in the pages of THE BEE.

"We'd be so jazzed if we are allowed to keep this exhibit open for at least three weeks – and we'd be really thrilled if it can continue into September!" grinned Powers.

"We have all of our COVID-19 safety procedures in place," she assured. "And, we are currently limiting our capacity to about 25% of what it normally would be; but we expect our allowed capacity to grow, as conditions improve."

DAVID F. ASHTON - The Paleontology Hall hosts but one of the many sections of the new Dinosaurs Revealed exhibition at OMSI. Lit in blue light, heres a life-size, snarling Stegosaurus! Although experiencing "Dinosaurs Revealed" is free for OMSI members (there is an additional charge for non-member visitors), Powers said that nonetheless, they're asking everyone to order tickets in advance of arriving. "By providing 'timed tickets' to everyone, we can safely space out the guests arriving throughout the day – making sure we have small groups of people who can 'safety distance' throughout the exhibit."

As the allowed conditions in Multnomah County change, OMSI will update their admission policies, Powers said. Here's a quick look – and listen! – at what you'll see and hear, when you visit this exhibition at OMSI – youtu.be/jQ8ch3Hg0Ic

"Dinosaurs Revealed" is scheduled to be on display through Labor Day, September 6, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry – OMSI – on the east bank of the Willamette River, on S.E. Water Street, just north of the Ross Island Bridge. To learn more, as well as to get those required advance tickets, go online – omsi.edu/dinosaurs-revealed


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