The Royal Tyrrell Museum has announced a new exhibit.
It’s called Foundations, and will focus on the core of what paleontology is and the origins of the Earth.
Dr. Craig Scott, a curator at the museum tells the Alberta Morning News that, contrary to popular belief, only 1 to 2 percent of the fossils they have are on display.
“People often think that the specimens that we have on display are all that we have,” explains Scott. “But, in fact, it’s not the case. We have tonnes and tonnes of specimens, literally. It’s great for us because it allows us to renew exhibits with new specimens. And that’s one of the key features with this new exhibit.”
Dr. Scott adds that Foundations will also be a hands-on experience.
“Included in that expansion is what we’re calling a ‘discovery room’”, says Scott. “(That’s) where adults and kids can interact together, with fossils and make the learning experience that much better.” It’s also one of the key features of the new exhibit, Foundations. Were actually infusing into that exhibit a number of techniques that we haven’t tried before.”
Construction will start next spring and will end in the spring of 2019.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum will remain open during the process.
The Government of Alberta has announced $9.3-million investment to expand the museum’s facilities. (km/amn)