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Be the Dinosaur

March 5 through June 12, 2016

A lifelike delight for the entire family, Be the Dinosaur features video game stations that require each player to decide — do they want to be an herbivore or a carnivore? The decision leads them on a virtual adventure for survival – deciding to eat the wrong plant or turning the wrong corner could spell the end of the game, which is set in an immersive recreation of the Cretaceous period, which took place over 65 million years ago.

While Be the Dinosaur is heavy on video game magic, it comes with a strong dose of education as well. The world of Be the Dinosaur is one of the world’s most extensive restorations of an extinct ecosystem ever created and visitors are able to explore what the day in the life of a dinosaur may have actually been like. In addition to the game stations, the exhibit also features a paleontology field station, a Safari Jeep.

Be the Dinosaur tickets:

Tickets to Be the Dinosaur are an additional surcharge and general museum admission is required. Exhibit tickets are $5 for ages 4 and up and can be purchased at the front desk. Admission is free for museum members and children 3 and under.


Galileo's World

Through the Eyes of the Lynx: Galileo and the Microscope

Feb. 6 through Aug. 31, 2016

Through the Eyes of the Lynx is the second of two Galileo’s World exhibitions developed in collaboration with the University Libraries and the History of Science Collections. Galileo and the Academy of the Lynx, or Accademia dei Lincei, were responsible for the first published report of observations made with a microscope (Apiarium, 1625), as well as with the telescope. At the same time Galileo was making his telescopic discoveries, he was also experimenting with lenses to magnify the small. Another member of the Lincei, Johann Faber, named Galileo’s new instrument a microscope.

In antiquity, the lynx was renowned for possessing sharp eyesight at night. The founder of the Lincei, Federigo Cesi, believed that the eyes of the Lincei would peer more deeply into the secrets of nature than ever before. The keen eyes of the Academy of the Lynx stretched the boundaries of European thought in the life sciences just as with Galileo’s discoveries in the physical sciences.

This exhibition is in conjunction with Galileo's World: A Exhibition without Walls, a series of exhibits, events, and programs at the Bizzell Memorial Library, Sam Noble Museum, National Weather Center, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Headington Hall, Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library and OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library in celebration of OU’s 125th anniversary. Beginning Aug. 2015 and running through Aug. 2016, Galileo’s World illustrates connections between science, art, literature, music, religion, philosophy, politics and culture. View the Galileo's World video here.