Upcoming Grand Rapids Public Museum exhibits to feature dinosaurs, toys

Submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) recently announced it will open two new exhibitions this October, Expedition: Dinosaur, a traveling family exhibit, and TOYS!, a GRPM-created exhibition.

Expedition: Dinosaur will feature life-sized and life-like animatronic dinosaurs, themed around the hunt for dinosaur fossils. TOYS! will be an interactive, multi-generation exhibition of toys and games to rekindle childhood memories and spark the creation of new ones.

Expedition: Dinosaur – Opening Oct. 14

Expedition: Dinosaur explores the world of dinosaurs and the hunt for their fossils from Stage Nine Exhibitions, which conceptualizes, designs, fabricates and tours exhibits that have been enjoyed by millions of visitors worldwide. The exhibit will be on display from Oct. 14, 2018, through the spring. Two special events, Breakfast with the Dinos and the Expedition: Dinosaur Opening Party, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, to celebrate this new exhibit.

For details and tickets, visit grpm.org/Dinos.

This exhibit has something for every age and interest, from life-sized and lifelike animatronic dinosaurs – some controlled by visitors – to mechanical and electronic learning stations. Visitors can learn about modern imaging techniques, like high-energy neutron beams that reveal the inside of a tyrannosaurus rex skull in microscopic detail. The exhibit includes a number of hands-on interactive activites that explain dinosaur movement, digestion and evolution and show the life and methods of dinosaur hunters from the 1800s to today.

This exhibit focuses on the science of paleontology. Stage Nine Exhibitions exhibit developer and paleontologist Thomas Williamson will consult and inform the exhibit.

TOYS! – Opening Oct. 27

Toys and games have changed over time, but the desire to imagine, compete and create has not. Explore this and more in the new exhibit, TOYS! opening at the GRPM on Saturday, Oct. 27.

TOYS! is an interactive, multi-generation exhibition of toys and games to rekindle childhood memories and spark the creation of new ones. This GRPM original exhibit features toys and games from the museum’s collections and on loan from the community, allowing visitors to imagine, compete and create, while going on a journey of toys through generations.

“TOYS! is a fun and interactive exhibit experience that is meant to spark inter-generational conversations about the importance of imagination and play, and how toys have changed over time,” said Alex Forist, GRPM chief curator. “We hope each visitor will remember playing with their favorite toys from childhood, as well as make new memories with their family, friends and classmates.”

Through the design process of the exhibition, the museum worked with several experts from the community making sure the design was as inclusive as possible so everyone visiting can enjoy the display. The exhibition will be presented in both English and Spanish, and will include Braille.

Museum members have the first chance to see TOYS! from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, during the members-only preview. Members can RSVP to the members-only preview at grpm.org/Toys. TOYS! will be included with general admission to the museum.

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