Jurassic World: The Exhibition Review – Spectacular Fact/Fiction

I was among the preview visitors to Jurassic World: The Exhibition, joining press, museum partners and visitors to the museum who were surprisingly offered tickets.  One family from Kansas City was offered tickets when they purchased their entrance tickets and were delighted to be part of the preview group.


On the "boat"



Entering Jurassic World

When I think of the Field Museum, dinosaurs pop into my head, especially “Sue”.  After all, Field Museum in Chicago is home to one of the best dinosaur collections in the world, but this exhibition is a completely different experience. It is based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinematic history, Jurassic World: The Exhibition, and just opened on May 26, 2017.


Using "DNA" ?



In the valley


Inspired by the groundbreaking film franchise Jurassic World, it was the blending real-world science and education with the very best in high-quality entertainment that created an experience that was fascinating, exciting and unique.  The size and movement of the figures in the exhibition provided a sense of what it might have been like to walk among these breathtaking animals.




Mommy and baby Triceratops

The impressive displays were produced in conjunction with Universal Brand Development and Imagine Exhibitions, and co-produced by MagicSpace and IES, the lifelike animatronic dinosaurs were designed by The Creature Technology Company (Walking with Dinosaurs).  Chicago is the third location for this Exhibition, having made its world premiere in Melbourne, and marked its U.S. debut at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, it shattering attendance records at both venues.


T-Rex, Photo: Courtesy of the Field Museum



Indominous, Photo: Courtesy of the Field Museum


Interestingly, these dinosaurs are the closest simulation to Jurassic times ever created, and were developed in close collaboration with renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, who served as Paleontological Advisor on Jurassic World. The Exhibition is offers interactive educational elements—inspired by the real-world science of dinosaur DNA that allowed Jurassic World to come to life.  This blend of reality and imagination is fun and offers a look at what might be or could be but isn’t now.


Jesse Phillips introduces the exhibition

I “traveled” to Isla Nublar as VIP guests and explored a towering Brachiosaurus, took a face-to-face look at a Velociraptor, and was awed by my rare up-close look at the most vicious dinosaur of them all, Tyrannosaurus rex.


A different world for dinosaurs

 “Jurassic World: The Exhibition is an immersive and educational experience like no other, and the response from fans has been tremendous, with the first two tour stops breaking attendance records,” said Carol Nygren, Vice President, Worldwide Live Entertainment, Universal Brand Development. “The Field Museum is world-renowned for its dinosaur collection and research, and we’re excited to bring The Exhibition to Chicago as part of our global tour.”


How did the dinosaurs vanish from the earth?

“From the beginning of this project, our mission has been to transport people to Jurassic Worldt,” said Tom Zaller, President & CEO of Imagine Exhibitions. “I am proud of all that our team at Imagine Exhibitions has accomplished with our partners, and that we are fortunate enough to help bring the astonishing Jurassic World franchise to life.”


“One of our goals as a museum is to provide visitors with the best dinosaur experience in the world,” says Field Museum President Richard Lariviere. “Our fossil collections are one of the greatest things about The Field Museum, and the Jurassic World dinosaurs are an incredible way to spark our imaginations about them. After experiencing an animatronic T. rex, you can come inside, witness SUE, and picture what an incredible animal she must have been in real life.”


To accommodate the massive size of the dinosaurs, The Field Museum erected a 16,000-square-foot exhibition tent on the front lawn of the museum—a first-of-its-kind structure for the museum.

This exhibition will surely add to the fun of summer in Chicago for residents and visitors.


Jaw and teeth

Jurassic World: The Exhibition will be open seven days a week from 9am–5pm, and 5–9pm through Labor Day with Fall evening hours to be announced. Ticket prices are $10 for children and $15 for adults for daytime entry (9am–5pm) in addition to general museum admission and $20 for children and $25 for adults for evening entry. Jurassic World: The Exhibition will run from May 26, 2017, to January 7, 2018. For ticket-sales information, head to the fieldmuseumjurassicworld website


Not done with dinosaurs? Be sure to head inside The Field Museum and visit SUE, the world’s largest, best-preserved,and most complete T. rex, along with the incredible fossils in the Museum’s permanent exhibition Evolving Planet.


The gift shop

Note: About the Jurassic World Franchise

Scheduled for release in June 2018, the next installment of the Jurassic World franchise is currently in production in London.

Executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow and stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World Sequel, a follow-up to one of the biggest blockbusters in the history of cinema. Producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley once again join Spielberg and Trevorrow in leading the team of filmmakers for the next chapter in the franchise. Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), the film is written by Jurassic World’s director, Colin Trevorrow, and Derek Connolly.  Belén Atienza joins the team as a producer.


More information about Imagine Exhibitions



Photos: B. Keer unless otherwise noted.

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