Although the official grand opening isn’t until September 26th, this Friday the public gets its first chance to visit, a new $34 million Peace Region tourist attraction, albeit on the Alberta side of the border.
The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is located at Wembley, about half way between Beaverlodge and Grande Prairie, and will open its doors after an amazing fast track construction period of only 13 months.
It also has a rather uniquely named, Clairmont based operating organization, called, “The River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Museum Society”.
George Jacob is the Executive Director, and he says museum visitors can be prepared for an exhibit experience that’s unlike any other in Canada, and a lot of it will have to do with technology.
“Most of all augmented reality platforms that allow you to pan your tablet devices over articulated skeletal forms and the hot spots allow you to flush them out and see those animals in their ecosystems. You will also see layered interconnected information like a chase scene, like a flood scene where 73 million years ago herds of dinosaurs drowned here at Pipestone Creek and so on. The exhibit experience is on a very difference scale.”
Mr. Jacob says, while allowing for variations in committed viewing times, the museum will accommodate about 600 visitors at one time, and he estimates it will take about three hours to fully view and appreciate what it has to offer.