Competition: Desperate to get back to theatre? Win a £50 ATG Voucher and take your pick of shows

Advertisement

Jurassic World at Yorkshire Museum

The Yorkshire Museum, located just outside York’s historic walls, has free entry and access to this new exciting exhibition is free with a YMT card (Yorkshire Museum Trust), which are free for any residents of York. True to its name, the Yorkshire Museum accounts and details the prolific past of York, from its Roman roots to its Medieval expansion.

Housing the archaic collection of the York Philosophical Trust, this small but mighty museum is a wonderful exploration of local history. Visitors can enjoy the brief summery weather by relaxing in the serene museum gardens, which includes the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey. A great museum for kids, the Yorkshire Museum has expanded its repertoire, with the recent addition of the Jurassic World exhibition. Opened by Sir David Attenborough on the 23rd of March this year, it is set to remain open for the next two years. Following the revival of the 90’s blockbuster “Jurassic Park”, with the next instalment in the franchise being released later this year, this exhibition is trendy and topical, incorporating technology seamlessly into this prehistoric exhibit.  In keeping with the theme of the rest of the Museum, the exhibition focuses on Yorkshire during the Jurassic era. We can truly trace the history of York, right back in time.


Image Credit: Anthony Chappel Ross

Despite being aimed towards children and including lots of child-friendly activities, the exhibition is also highly informative. The opening section details the environment of Jurassic Yorkshire, and places it on a “geological timeline”, putting the whole exhibit into context. The impressive “Sea Dragon” room contains two imposing fossils of aquatic dinosaurs, and the information available detailing the lives of these amazing creatures is both informative and easy to understand. The dramatic dark lighting imitates that of being underwater, creating an incredibly immersive atmosphere. You feel like you are truly swimming with the dinosaurs.



If you want to feel as though you are truly walking alongside dinosaurs then there is a continuous projection, which depicts virtual dinosaurs strolling through a prehistoric landscape. If you want to go one step further and touch a dinosaur, then you can do that too! Using a VR headset, you can feed a friendly dinosaur; despite seeming like a simple entertainment gadget, the VR experience revitalises the oldest sauropod remains in the country, making it accurate as well as highly entertaining. Life alongside dinosaurs is simply a small section of this diverse exhibition however; future palaeontologists will be inspired by the “fossil hunting” activities, wherein sand can be brushed off fake fossils, and the information we can learn from fossils is widely emphasised within the exhibition, linking these ancient reptiles to modern day.

The interactive displays make this whole exhibition a great experience for youngsters of all ages- in almost every room there are big structures which children can climb on, which emphasise the textural aspect of dinosaurs, and there are toys and simple block building activities to entertain everyone. The mixture of interactive exhibits and interesting information makes the Jurassic World exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum a great day out for all the family.


Image Credit: Anthony Chappel Ross

Truly, this exhibition brings the Jurassic period in Yorkshire to life.

Jurassic World is on at Yorkshire Museum for at least the next two years.
Advertisement
Advertisement