Prehistoric Giants Headed to Iowa

Prehistoric Giants Headed to Iowa

Science Center of Iowa to open latest traveling exhibition

  • Tuesday October 11, 2022

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, a major exhibition, is set to open at the Science Center of Iowa (SCI) Saturday, October 15, 2022. This traveling exhibition explores the amazing biology of a group of uniquely super-sized dinosaurs: the long-necked and long-tailed sauropods.

Organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the exhibition draws on paleo-biological research that looks in part to living organisms to make inferences about how these giants—some of which grew to be longer than 150 feet, or the length of four standard city buses—were able to thrive, as a group, for approximately 140 million years. Through imaginative exhibits — including the exhibition centerpiece, a life-sized, detailed model of a 60-foot-long Mamenchisaurus The World’s Largest Dinosaurs takes visitors beyond the bones and into the bodies of these titans, shedding light on how heart rate, respiration, metabolism, and reproduction are linked to size.

"We jumped on the opportunity to bring The World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit to Iowa not only because we know that, no matter your age, we can all gaze at dinosaurs and be instilled with a sense of awe and wonder,” said Curt Simmons, SCI president and CEO. “We are excited for our visitors to be able to explore and learn more about these extinct creatures and the science behind their enormous size.”

Distinguished by their colossal size, sauropods included animals of diverse shape, and ornamentation, such as the gigantic Apatosaurus. Focusing on the biology and behavior of these diverse creatures, TheWorld’s Largest Dinosaurs builds on a growing body of research that examines dinosaurs as living animals, primarily through comparisons with modern dinosaur relatives.

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs
traveling exhibit is on display October 15, 2022 through April 16, 2023. The exhibit is included with SCI general admission ($13 for children and adults and free for children under 2).

SCI is currently open Thursdays through Sundays, and visitors are encouraged to purchase advance discounted tickets online at www.sciowa.org.

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs
is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org) in collaboration with Coolture Marketing, Bogotá, Colombia.