The Melbourne Museum is hosting the world premiere of Jurassic World: The Exhibition, which will be open until October 9.
The exhibition is based on the Universal Pictures blockbuster film Jurassic World, which has grossed $US1.67 billion worldwide. The exhibition allows people to encounter life-sized robotic dinosaurs set in realistic environments inspired by the film. It also features a guest lecture by Dr Jack Horner, the palaeontology consultant for the films, talking about his work and detailing his latest project, the “chickenosaurus”.
The dinosaurs were developed by The Creature Technology Company in Melbourne. The company produces sophisticated and realistic animatronics for arena spectaculars and stage shows, including those featured in the worldwide hit, Walking with Dinosaurs.
“The dinosaurs in the current exhibition are pre-programmed, not live puppeteering like most previous work,” Creature Technology Company general manager Tim Rolfe told The Newsroom.
Mr Rolfe said the project took about 18 months to design and develop.
The exhibition will continue from Australia to other yet-to-be-determined locations for a five-year tour.
Victorian tourism minister John Eren told The Newsroom that events like these were important for tourism and jobs in Victoria.
“We’ve got really high hopes for Jurassic World: The Exhibition. We know these events are so important for jobs and growth in Victoria,” he said. “Events like Jurassic World: The Exhibition are major drivers of the economy. That’s why they’re so popular – but we’ve got it, and got it exclusively.”
The exhibition will include school programs such as “becoming a junior palaeontologist”.
Mr Eren said it was a great chance for kids to be inspired to learn: “There’s certainly a real educational aspect to the exhibition.” – Tim Stevens
Photo of the Jurassic World entrance provided by Tim Rolfe.