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Media invited to sneak preview of "Dinosaurs in Motion" Friday, May 17

Dinosaurs in Motion Media Preview

Friday, May 17, 2013, 10:45 a.m.

Raleigh — Members of the media are invited to a preview of Dinosaurs in Motion at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, main building, at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, May 17 inside of the Special Exhibits Gallery on the 2nd floor. The Museum is thrilled to host the world premiere of Dinosaurs in Motion, produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Inc. The exhibit features 14, life-sized, movable, metal dinosaurs created by Asheville, North Carolina sculptor John Payne. 

Payne was a trained metalsmith who believed that art fused with science was the perfect medium to inspire, teach and excite children. That coupled with his love for dinosaurs and passion for learning and discovery led to the creation of this exhibit. The artist passed away in 2008 before he could see his life’s work beautifully exhibited.

Interview opportunities include Museum Director Emlyn Koster, PhD, Tom Zaller, President and CEO of Imagine Exhibitions, and Paul D. Brinkman, PhD, Assistant Director of the Paleontology & Geology Research Laboratory at the Museum. Members of Payne’s family will also be in attendance. Contact Emelia Cowans at 919.707.9837 or via email at emelia.cowans@naturalsciences.org for more information.

Beginning May 18, Dinosaurs in Motion is open Monday-Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday 12 to 5pm (last entry at 4pm). The exhibition is also open late (last entry at 7pm) on First Fridays and every Thursday, offering discounted adult admission. Tickets are available to purchase from the Museum Box Office (919.707.9950) and online at naturalsciences.org/specialexhibits. Prices: Free for Members; $10 for Adults; $6 for Children (3-12); $8 for Students, Seniors (65+) and Military. Dinosaurs in Motion is produced by Imagine Exhibitions Inc.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh documents and interprets the natural history of the state through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm, and Sun. 12-5pm. General admission is free. Visit the Museum online at www.naturalsciences.org. The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John E. Skvarla III, Secretary.

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013