In the last 30 years, films like “Apollo 13” and “The Right Stuff” engaged audiences with the space program; movies from “WarGames” to “The Social Network” reeled viewers into the science of information technology and its power to shape the world. But perhaps no entertainment so captured moviegoers — especially young ones — as “Jurassic Park” and its sequels. The science-fiction fantasy in which dinosaurs roam the Earth once more rode on a winning combo of what-if wonder and monster movie terror. And when “Jurassic World” set box-office records in 2015, it was clear folks had not lost their fascination with the franchise. Now, dino lovers can get an up-close taste of the big-screen experience with “Jurassic World: The Exhibition,” which opened last week at the Field Museum.
Produced with the help of Imagine Exhibitions and Universal Brand Development, “Jurassic” follows the storyline of its cinematic inspiration, transporting visitors to Isla Nublar, home of The Hammond Creation Lab and the Raptor Training Paddock.
In addition to close encounters with Brachiosaurus, Parasaurolophus and Stegosaurus (developed by animatronics giant Creature Technology Company) museumgoers have the opportunity to access solid scientific info through interactive displays created with the help of renowned paleontologist Jack Horner.
Housed in a 16,000-square-foot tent on the museum’s lawn, the presentation features animatronic behemoths walking, roaring and dominating their realm like nobody’s business. “When our dinosaurs look at you, you can see the life in their eyes,” says Imagine Exhibitions CEO Tom Zaller. “And when one of our dinosaurs walks more than 50 feet through the gallery, I can tell you, visitors start to believe it’s really alive.” And, as film fans know, he adds: “It’s a beautiful day at Jurassic World … until something goes terribly wrong.”
‘Jurassic World: The Exhibition’
Through Jan. 7, 2018, Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore. For tickets ($10-$25), visit Fieldmuseum.org/jurassicworld