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Dinosphere®: Closed through March 2022

Dinosphere®: Closed through March 2022

Welcome to the Dino Hub!

No, this is not an extinction event. It’s only temporary. Dinosphere® is closed through March 2022 while we make room for two new awe-inspiring dinosaur experiences. We're bringing in awesome new dinosaurs, including Giants of the Jurassic and Monsters of the Mesozoic Seas, which will join your long-time favorites in Creatures of the Cretaceous in Dinosphere.

In the meantime, this is your hub for all of the DINO-mite experiences we still have at the museum, plus a treasure trove of online dino content for your family to dig into!

2021 DINO-mite Experiences

We're pulling out all the stops to ensure you continue to have a roaring dino experience during this temporary closure. Check out these awe-inspiring dino encounters at the museum.

SUE Meets Bucky

March 6–July 25, 2021
Encounter the wild and dangerous life of the Tyrannosaurus rex—top Cretaceous predators—as you compare and contrast casts of the skeletons of SUE the T. rex and Bucky the Teenage T. rex.

  • Examine T. rex bones and learn how injury was a normal part of SUE and Bucky’s lives
  • Explore the world of paleontological pathology
  • Discover how scientists continue to learn from these specimens because science never stops

Dino Programs

The Sunburst Atrium and other areas in the museum will come alive with interactive dinosaur programming! Be sure to check the calendar for times.

  • Bucky Lives! Help Ellie solve the mystery of the moving fossils, and witness an awesome transformation of Tyrannosauric size!
  • Big Dino Fun Make observations and hear about fossil traits that allow us to imagine how a T. rex moved. Then, get up, move, and roar like a T. rex!
  • Who Am I? SUE or Bucky Trivia Discover stories, facts, and record-breaking stats while showing off your own T. rex knowledge.
  • Dino Tales Experience ground-breaking moments in dinosaur discoveries! Hear a tale of a pioneer in paleontology, to experience the thrill of discovering real-life fossils!

Fossils and Fun

We’ve temporarily relocated some of your favorite dino-related fossils and interactive elements. Here’s where you can find them:

  • The Gorgosaur skull has been moved to the STEMLab
  • Dracorex hogwartsia has been moved to Level 2 near the elevators
  • Elements from Leonardo the Mummified Dinosaur has been moved to the hallway outside Corteva Agriscience ScienceWorks
  • The dino nest and eggs and Sarcosuchus memory game have been moved to Level 3
  • Play tables have been moved to the hallway outside Playscape®
  • The giant femur bone has been moved to the main entry gates

Mission Jurassic began with a $27.5 million project that has brought together more than 100 scientists from three countries to explore and excavate a fossil-rich dinosaur dig site in Wyoming, known as the Jurassic MileTM. Go behind-the-scenes as we build the new Dinosphere experience! Over the course of the year, you get to be part of the incredible exhibit creation process—from digging a dinosaur specimen from the ground to putting it on display in Indianapolis! Once construction is complete, you’ll be able to enter a whole new world full of ancient beasts, including two giant four-legged, long-necked sauropods and a treasure trove of ancient aquatic fossils.

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From updated programming to special peeks behind-the-scenes, we'll fill you in on all things dino with this monthly eNews!

Take a virtual tour of Dinosphere®

We're bringing DinosphereⓇ to you during its temporary closure! Explore the exhibit in a whole new way and uncover stories of these Cretaceous creatures. Look for at-home activities, interviews with our paleontologists, and even the full sound and light show you know and love!

Dinosaurs A to Z

Eli Lilly and Company Extraordinary Scientist-in-Residence Dr. Victory Egerton helps us discover dinosaurs connected to each letter of the alphabet in this brand-new video series!

Coming Soon!

Dino Fan of the Month

First trip to The Children's Museum with the kiddos. Had a blast!—@pumper.nick.el

We're looking for our biggest dino fans! Share your photo with us by using #atTCM on social media!

Leonardo: The Mummified Dinosaur and the Dinosphere website are presented by The Scott A. Jones Foundation.

Mission Jurassic is made possible through lead gift support from Lilly Endowment Inc., with major support provided by Susie and Jack Sogard.

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