Jurassic World, the latest addition to the Jurassic Park franchise, premiered last summer and featured Chris Pratt as Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing. The film is set 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, at a successful dinosaur-ridden resort called Jurassic World. Owen, who has been researching the park’s Velociraptors, must save Claire, the park’s operations manager, and her nephews when the fearsome dinosaur Indominus rex escapes its exhibit.
Now, an exhibition based on the box office hit is coming to Philadelphia, and it will give visitors a real behind-the-scenes look at the world of Jurassic Park, thanks to some terrifying animatronic friends named Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, and Brachiosaurus.
As reported by EW, the exhibit, which originated in Melbourne, Australia, will come to the U.S. through Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute. The Institute frequently features scientific programming and exhibits, including one entitled The Science Behind Pixar. The following excerpt from their website describes the exhibition:
Created in close collaboration with renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, the Exhibition is infused with interactive educational elements—drawn from the real-world science of dinosaur DNA that allowed Jurassic World to come to life. Visitors of all ages can now learn all about these incredible prehistoric creatures.
Though Jurassic World did implement some CGI in the creation of its dinosaurs, the film mainly stayed true to its predecessors’ use of animatronics. Stan Winston, who designed the original animatronic dinosaurs used in Jurassic Park, died in 2008, so his colleagues at Legacy Effects took over for this latest installment. Creature Technology Company designed the dinosaurs for Jurassic World: The Exhibition, with help from Jack Horner, the film’s paleontological adviser.
This exhibition seems like it could offer a level of scientific integrity not often seen in movie-inspired exhibitions. Though the exact scientific purpose of the giant robots is still unclear, the dinosaurs will allow people of all ages to see what it would be like to stand before one of the prehistoric beasts. It’s possible visitors will be lucky enough to learn more about the making of the film itself, and what goes into creating creatures like those made by Legacy Effects. Whether fans will gain insight into the world of the film, which received mixed-to-good reviews, remains to be seen. Still, it’s definitely something to check out during the wait for Jurassic World 2.
Jurassic World: The Exhibition comes to The Franklin Institute for a limited engagement from Nov. 25 through Spring 2017. Tickets go on sale Sept. 10 through the Institute’s website.