April 8, 2024

Imagine Exhibitions celebrates debut of Ice Dinosaurs: The Lost World of the Alaskan Arctic at MOSH

Imagine Exhibitions, a leader in worldwide travelling exhibitions and entertainment, is celebrating the world premiere of its newest travelling exhibition, Ice Dinosaurs: The Lost World of the Alaskan Arctic, which has opened at The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) in Jacksonville, Florida.

The exhibition enables visitors to learn about new dinosaur finds from the Alaskan Arctic. These extraordinary discoveries are all new additions to the scientific record.

Immersive arctic experience

ICE DINOSAURS: The Lost World of the Alaskan Arctic delves into the history of Arctic dinosaurs, and features a feathered tyrannosaur, a massive species of raptor, and tiny hatchlings of herbivorous dinosaurs including duck-billed and horned dinosaurs. This immersive, interactive, educational experience includes genuine fossils (some of which can be handled), animatronic exhibits, groundbreaking discoveries, and more.

The exhibition explores the unique adaptations of polar dinosaurs who lived above the Arctic Circle and survived harsh winter conditions which challenge traditional paleontological knowledge. The display covers a year in the life of these creatures which lived over 73 million years ago, presenting scientific data confirming their non-migratory behaviour, unexpected nesting in the Arctic, and warm-blooded nature.

Over 20 animatronic and static dinosaurs, two complete skeletons, skulls, and many mammals and fish can be seen in the exhibition. Visitors of all ages can learn about the new and intriguing dinosaur species still being discovered today in the high Arctic while exploring STEAM principles in the exhibition’s interactive games and experiences.

Dr Anthony Mortimer, vice president of exhibitions and education at MOSH, comments: “Hosting the world premiere of Ice Dinosaurs reinforces our commitment to bringing in brand-new, cutting-edge exhibitions for the Jacksonville community to experience first.

“Dinosaurs captivate the imagination because new details about their lives are still being discovered now, millions of years after the species’ extinction. The mystery surrounding these incredible creatures continues to fuel our collective interest in them, and we are looking forward to sharing this one-of-a-kind experience with Northeast Florida residents and visitors throughout the spring and summer.”

Groundbreaking research

The exhibition showcases the research of palaeontologists Dr Gregory Erickson of Florida State University and Dr Patrick Druckenmiller of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, co-directors of the Arctic Paleo-Research Consortium (ARPC). The ARPC is a multinational group of professional and citizen scientists working to uncover the secrets of dinosaurs’ lives in the Arctic. Imagine Exhibitions will give a portion of the proceeds from the exhibition to the APRC to support its pivotal research.

Erickson says: “The debut of Ice Dinosaurs at MOSH provides the first public viewing of the Lost World of Arctic Dinosaurs, the quest to find their fossils and the science behind the discoveries. Guests will find themselves immersed in the Alaskan paleo-Arctic 73 million years ago where they will embark on a journey throughout the seasons, witnessing how a plethora of newly discovered species, including feathered raptors and tyrannosaurs, unexpectedly thrived in the harsh polar environment.”

“Most people do not think of dinosaurs when they hear the name “Alaska”, but in this exhibit we bring to life a chapter of our state’s history never before seen!” adds Druckenmiller.

Tom Zaller, president and CEO of Imagine Exhibitions, shares: “We always strive to bring new and interesting exhibits to more people around the world and have been working with Greg Erickson and Patrick Druckenmiller a long time for this one.

Ice Dinosaurs is the newest exhibition by Imagine and promises to shed light on fresh discoveries in the prehistoric world. I’m excited for visitors in the Jacksonville area to embark on a journey that unveils incredible new details about ice dinos, and to unlock mysteries that, until now, have been frozen in time.”

Ice Dinosaurs: The Lost World of the Alaskan Arctic is showing at MOSH until 6 September 2024.

Last month, Imagine Exhibitions celebrated a landmark 15 years of providing memorable experiences to audiences across the globe.

During this time, the firm has produced 56 different exhibitions. Its shows have travelled to 354 locations in 193 cities, and over 55 countries across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The firm’s exhibitions have welcomed 26 million visitors worldwide, which places Imagine Exhibitions as the largest touring exhibition firm offering venue and consultancy services in the world.

Rebecca Hardy

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