Dino Dig Adventure – Our Latest Museum Fabrication Project for Liberty Science Center

by | Jul 26, 2021

We work with all kinds of materials – wood, metal, glass, plastic – and more. But tons of sand and rocks? Not so much. That’s one of the things that made one of our latest museum fabrication projects so interesting. It’s called the Dino Dig Adventure, a brand-new permanent exhibit at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.

Imagine Yourself as a Paleontologist  

Ever wonder what it would be like to be on a paleontological dig and to suddenly uncover fossilized dinosaur bones, eggs or even dinosaur poop? Probably pretty thrilling. And that’s exactly the experience offered by this unique new exhibit.

Sixty tons of sand covers replica dinosaur fossils in three different canopied dig pits – one each for the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Guests get down and dirty with brushes and their hands to uncover fossils from period-appropriate dinosaurs including the Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, Coelophysis and Phytosaur – all with the New York skyline in the background. Nearby graphics help young visitors identify just what they’ve found and to “dig deeper” into the fascinating world of dinosaurs.

More Challenging Than It Looks

The exhibit was designed by our long-time partner Metcalfe Architecture & Design. Our role was prime fabricator. A couple of things made that role a little more challenging than usual. First the pandemic. Work started in 2020 but was soon shut down for almost a year. The pandemic also closed the border between the U.S. and Canada for months – slowing the work of a key Canadian specialty contractor working on the project.

Speaking of contractors, there were a lot of them. So, our second challenge was coordinating all the different companies and stakeholders involved with the project. These included landscapers, lighting designers, rock and fossil fabricators, graphic designers and specialty graphics fabricators, safety specialists and even dinosaur fossil experts. But everyone pulled together to prevent what could have a been a Tyrannosaurus wreck (our apologies).

The exhibit is now open and already drawing big crowds. To learn more, visit the Liberty Science Center here.

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