This one of a kind exhibit showcases the science and technology used to unlock the secrets of the world’s most preserved dinosaur in the flesh, the Dinosaur Mummy, Leonardo! The 23-foot-long plant eater from the late Cretaceous period was naturally mummified before it was turned into a fossil. It provides researchers with an extremely rare glimpse of skin texture, muscles, internal organs and the remnants of the dinosaur’s last meal. This exhibit reveals some never before seen images of the dinosaur mummy as we tell the story of the ground-breaking research conducted on this amazing fossil.
Visitors explore how archeologists in the early 20th Century unearthed some of Egypt’s most renowned treasures, including the Tomb of Tutankhamun. The exhibit includes a trip through the realistic entrance to Tut’s Tomb and the opportunity to view artifact recreations of best-known pieces including the Golden Throne, chariots, the Golden Shrine and outer sarcophagus. These replicas are one of only two sets that were authorized by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
Children of all ages are struck with a sense of awe as they approach the 35-foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex that lowers its head and roars at them! A Triceratops, Ankylosaur and a ferocious raptor give a further glimpse into the past. Also represented is the ichthyosaur, a gigantic marine reptile that swam in the waters of Nevada during the time of the dinosaurs.
This gallery showcases the amazing adaptations of mammal families. Dozens of mounted animals open visitors' eyes to the variety of ways mammals have adapted physically and in behavior for survival. Families on display include bears, antelope, big cats, wild dogs, deer, and more.
The African Savanna exhibit presents the breathtaking beauty of the Serengeti, featuring a peaceful watering hole scene on one side and predator-prey relationships on the other.
The African Rainforest exhibit features the diverse life found in an African jungle. With the push of a button, visitors can see and learn about the animals hidden in the trees and thick brush, and experience a thunderstorm with rain and lightning.
The "Out of Africa" exhibit features recreations of three extinct African primates: Australopithecus afarensis, Homo habilis and Homo erectus. This exhibit is the only one of its kind in Nevada, offering a unique educational experience to better understand prehistoric primates.
The Wild Nevada Gallery draws visitors into the scenic but rugged beauty of the Mojave Desert. A large variety of plants and animals are featured in this multi-sensory gallery, engaging visitors with computer animation and interactive exhibits.
Visitors are submersed in the special effects of this ocean experience. Live sharks and stingrays occupy a 3,000-gallon tank while other colorful and fascinating creatures from the deep occupy additional jewel tanks. Lifesize recreations of various species of sharks and fish hang from the ceilings and walls.
Families connect in the Young Scientist Center as they become paleontologists and dig for fossils or explore the depths of the ocean as a marine biologist inside a submarine. The Museum brings technology to children's fingertips with computers, microscopes, and interactive exhibits.
The Museum's Geology Gallery explores breaking science news, the phenomenon of fluorescent minerals and geological natural resources.
The Englestad Family Foundation Special Exhibition Series presents the world-class traveling exhibit Hatching the Past to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum beginning May 24, 2014. There will be a member-only sneak peek preview on May 23,2014.
Families will enjoy hands on exhibits that explore dinosaur family groups and dinosaur eggs. Journey 65 million years in the past to discover why dinosaurs still fascinate us to this day and why paleontologists keep asking questions about these prehistoric animals.
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