There were roars of excitement and squeals of terror in Basingstoke yesterday as local school children visited the official launch of Milestones Museum's DINO HUNTER exhibition.
To mark the opening week of DINO HUNTER, one of two headline exhibitions of the county-wide DINOFEST2015, children from Hatch Warren Junior School were invited to get up close and personal with four roarsome animatronic dinosaurs, on loan from the Natural History Museum.
Over 15 pupils followed in the footsteps of Victorian dinosaur hunters and experienced the thrill of the unknown creatures, in a transformed Thornycroft Building. They came face-to-face with Terry the T-Rex, who moves, roars and stomps.
The class was also invited to see its mural – a reimagined Basingstoke in Jurassic times – on display, consisting of plasticine dino figures and a fiery paper volcano.
Janet Owen, chief executive officer of Hampshire Cultural Trust, said: “It was fantastic to welcome the class to Milestones yesterday to kick off DINO HUNTER, one of the headline exhibitions of DINOFEST2015. Seeing the children’s reactions as they came face-to-face with the dinos was very special and we are so very pleased that they enjoyed it. We urge the people of Basingstoke to come along and experience the thrill for themselves. Remember, wherever you are in Hampshire, the dinosaurs are closer than you might think…”
DINO HUNTER is at Milestones Museum until September 27 and features life-size animatronic dinosaurs, a Victorian fossil shop, interactive ‘dino digs’ and talks by a leading dinosaur expert. It is part of Hampshire Cultural Trust's wider DINOFEST2015, a series of roarsome dinosaur-themed exhibitions and events across the county this year.
To find out more, pre-book tickets and download a map visit www.dinofest2015.co.uk.
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