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The World’s Largest Children’s Museum Receives Worldwide Recognition

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Just two weeks after The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis was named the Best Museum for Families in the nation by USAToday/10Best, it receives another huge accolade!

Fodor’s (the world's largest publisher of English language travel and tourism information) selected The Children’s Museum’s Dinosphere as one of the best places in the world for dinosaur fans to visit.  

Here's the full list as published: 

  1. American Museum of National History
  2. Dinosaur National Monument
  3. Dinosphere at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  4. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  5. Field Station Dinosaurs in New Jersey
  6. Dinosaur Ridge in Colorado
  7. Natural History Museum in London, England
  8. The Field Museum in Chicago
  9. Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas
  10. Wyoming Dinosaur Center
  11. The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
  12. The Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, Belgium

“I couldn’t be more proud of our dedicated team of paleontologists, museum staff and volunteers who work hard every day to ensure our Dinosphere visitors are immersed in the world of real fossils and paleo discovery,” said Dr. Jeffrey Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum. “Our new extraordinary scientists-in-residence, Drs. Phil Manning and Victoria Egerton, two of the world’s top paleontologists, are leading our continuing efforts to bring even more exciting specimens to Dinosphere for our visitors ensuring the quality of our fossils and their display are second to none.”

In addition to their valuable scientific research, Manning and Egerton spin a tale that makes listeners feel like they are actually sitting around a Cretaceous watering hole watching the giant creatures approach. In fact, Manning has starred in several National Geographic documentaries about dinosaurs.

"Dinosaurs come alive at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and breathe life into the imaginations of all those who pass through its doors. In a day and age when dinosaurs are viewed by some as merely being part of our past, at the museum we learn their importance to help engage the next generation of scientists that will impact our future. The science that these wonderful creatures inspires reaches into our world in the 21st Century, generating advances in medicine to the management of energy some 66 million years after the extinction of this enigmatic group."

Current fossils on display at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis also have fascinating stories to tell. They include Leonardo, the Mummified Dinosaur (listed in the Guinness World Book of Records as one of the most complete dinosaur specimens ever discovered), Dracorex hogwartsia, which looks like a dragon and is named after the school in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series and is the first discovered of its genus and species, along with a Gorgosaur with a brain tumor.

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