Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana at the ROM

Giganotosaurus: Julius Csotonyi, Illustrator (c)2011 Royal Ontario Museum


Giganotosaurus: Julius Csotonyi, Illustrator (c)2011 Royal Ontario Museum

Where: Royal Ontario Museum’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, 100 Queen’s Park
When: Opens June 23, 2012 for a limited time
Cost: Exhibition admission prices: Adults: $25; Seniors & Students: $22.50; Children (4 to 14 years): $17; Children 3 & under: Free. Reduced pricing applies on Friday nights from 4:30 to 8:30pm. Contact groupsales@rom.on.ca to learn more about special rates, private lectures, tours, and menus for groups of 20 or more.

Details: Forget about the dinosaurs you know– prepare for a whole new breed of beast! Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana tells the story of the break-up of Pangaea into the continents that we know today and how that affected the evolution of dinosaurs during the Mesozoic, 250 – 65 million years ago. Based on new, groundbreaking research from scientists around the world, the exhibition reveals strange looking dinosaurs unfamiliar to North Americans that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa and Madagascar.

Ultimate Dinosaurs features cutting edge Augmented Reality (AR) experiences, used in creative ways to bring these specimens to life as never before. The ROM is the first museum in Canada to use AR on this scale. Visitors with an iPhone or iPad mobile digital device can download the ROM Ultimate Dinosaurs app and bring it with them to the ROM, or use the iPads provided. Three AR stations in the exhibition allow visitors to experience dinosaurs in surprising ways. Visitors scan dinosaur skeletons using iPads to magically see the creatures transform before their eyes – fleshing out the dinosaur bones with skin.

Ultimate Dinosaurs will appeal to all ages. Also, on select weekends in the fall 2012, the Museum will host Dinosaur Hunter afternoons, featuring a lively meet-and-greet with well-known dinosaur experts followed by a family friendly talk in our theatre. The Museum will also offer free special events and activities for dinosaur lovers of all ages. Dig for bones, make your own fossils, build a dinosaur, and see and touch real specimens from our vaults.

Curated, designed and produced by the ROM, some of the largest and most unusual dinosaurs from the Southern hemisphere will make their first stop in Toronto before embarking on an international tour.

More Info: at www.rom.on.ca/dinos