Interactive dinosaur exhibit announced

HOT SPRINGS — Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs announced plans to present a new, fully-interactive exhibit called “Expedition Dinosaur: Rise of the Mammals” starting May 28 and running through August 20.

“This new exhibit celebrates and explores the fascinating world of Dinosaurs at their prime and the catastrophic event that may have caused their extinction, while giving rise to our own species,” said Diane LaFollette, Museum executive director. “Think of it as a cross between the excitement of Jurassic Park and the adventure of Indiana Jones. We know that visitors of all ages are going to love it,” she added. 

The exhibit features large scale animatronic dinosaurs and interactive cases and displays. The exhibit company, Stage Nine Exhibits, engaged renowned paleontologist, Thomas Williamson to consult and inform the exhibit. 

Expedition Dinosaur:  Rise of the Mammals will feature several special exhibits: 

• Dinosaur fossil hunters’ Jeep truck and tools 

• Interactive Dinosaur draw and animation station 

• 10 Animatronic Dinosaurs and Mammals

• Full size T-Rex skull replica 

• Geology interactive with augmented reality sand play 

• Large Dinosaur mouth photo op 

• Day of the Event Comet Puzzle 

• Video fossil scanning station with interactive display. 

• A Dinosaur fossil dig. 

There will be full-motion robotic dinosaurs with realistic movement and sound effects, including: Albertasaurus, young Amargasaurus, Carnotaurus, Dilophosaurus, Iguanodon, Pachycephalosaurus, Velociraptor, Stegasaurus and Triceratops.

The exhibit is included with the Museum general admission. Adults are $12, children ages 3-12:  $10, and seniors aged 65 and older, teachers and military, are $11. The museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.  

For more information, visit or call 501.767.3461. The Museum follows the CDC guidelines for masks and social distancing. The museum is located at 500 Mid America Blvd. in Hot Springs.