Dinosaurs at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Dinosaurs at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Dinosaurs at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Dinosaurs at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

 

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice & Dinosaur Discovery

June 17 - September 17, 2017
Crossing the threshold of these exhibits means traveling back in time to explore the age of the dinosaurs. In "Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice," visitors move through the exhibit, encountering unfamiliar landscapes, touchable dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes, and opportunities to investigate clues about what the dinosaurs left behind. The exhibit features three distinct sections: Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat), and a Field Research Station. Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice was created by Minnesota Children's Museum and nationally sponsored by The David B. Jones Foundation.

In "Dinosaur Discovery," take a step back into the Mesozoic Era, where dinosaurs from the Cretaceous Period are still alive and well. Wander through the exhibit to see a family of Triceratops grazing, as well as the mighty, carnivorous, and roaring Albertosaurus! Be sure to look up to see the Pteranodon flying overhead! Although dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago, you can still adventure through this part of the exhibit and see dinosaurs come alive through the use of animatronic creatures! Dinosaur Discovery is brought to you by KOKORO, LLC.

Paleontologist Dr. Paul Sereno in the jaw of dinosaur skull.
Dr. Paul Sereno: Our Hidden Genius

Saturday, June 2, 2017
2 p.m.
Free
After a rock youth, Sereno squeaked into college aiming to become a painter. Discovering paleontology there, his work soon became an exciting blend of art, history, and science wrapped in adventure. Sereno argues that we can never fully grasp our "hidden genius" in one lifetime.

Return of the Dinosaurs Summer Hands-on Programs

  • Dino Souvenirs
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    1-4 p.m.
    Dinosaurs are all the rage! Create your own dinosaur flag, cup, flyer and so much more.

  • Dino Dig
    Wednesday, July 5, 2017
    1-4 p.m.
    Dig for dinosaurs, put the bones together, and create your own fossils.

  • Dino School
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    1-4 p.m.
    Design and create a wide variety of dinosaurs, learning what made each of them unique.

  • Dino Games
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    1-4 p.m.
    Dinosaur games, puzzles, and brainteasers galore.

  • Dino Science
    Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    1-4 p.m.
    Use arts and crafts to explore the many aspects of the lives of dinosaurs.

  • Dino Land
    Wednesday, August 2, 2017
    1-4 p.m.
    Design habitats and environmental features common to the eras of dinosaurs.

  • Dino Celebrities
    Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    1-4 p.m.
    Create and explore dinosaurs from your favorite books and movies.

Films and Presentations

  • Discovering Dinosaurs: Tales of Bones, Teeth, and Feathers
    Saturday, June 17, 2017 and Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    2 p.m.

  • A Dinosaur Renaissance: How Science and Technology helped us Reinterpret Earth, Dinosaurs, and their Extinction
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    2 p.m.
    Free

  • Film with Question & Answer: Planet Dinosaur - Lost World
    Wednesday, July 5, 2017
    2 p.m.
    Free

  • Film with Question & Answer: Planet Dinosaur - The New Giants
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    2 p.m.
    Free

  • Film with Questions & Answers: Planet Dinosaur - The Great Survivors
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    2 p.m.
    Free

  • Fossils: Storytellers from the Past
    Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    2 p.m.
    Free

  • Jeff and Greg Wilson present India before the Himalayas: When Snakes Ate Dinosaurs and Mammals Inherit the Earth: How the K/Pg Mass Extinction Killed Off the Dinosaurs and Opened the Way for Mammals
    Wednesday, August 2, 2017
    2 p.m.
    Free

  • Film with Question & Answer: Planet Dinosaurs - Feathered Dragons
    Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    2 p.m.

Planetarium Shows

  • Image of meteor falling with pteradon and a handglider over jungle setting.
    Dinosaurs at Dusk

    June 17 - September 10, 2017
    Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
    3 p.m.
    $3/ticket
    Take to the skies and discover the origins of flight as you travel back in time to meet the ancestors of modern day birds and explore the last days of the dinosaurs.


  • Did An Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?

    June 17 - September 10, 2017
    Monday - Friday at 11 a.m.
    Saturday at 1 p.m.
    Sunday at 2 p.m.
    $3/ticket
    Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth 66 million years ago and wipe out 75 percent of all species, including the dinosaurs? Learn about Earth's largest extinction events and celestial objects that periodically hit Earth.