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Dino museum on schedule for September opening

Six weeks remain before the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum opens to the public in tandem with the Tour of Alberta, and a little over two months until the official grand opening.

Specialized crews are working quickly to build the remaining exhibits, the final piece to the interior of the museum. President and CEO George Jacob says work is proceeding in a number of different areas at a considerable pace.

“The exhibit galleries are about 12,000 sq ft and that includes an aquarium with Alberta species of fish, so there are some live elements to the exhibit, and there are some interactive elements to the exhibit. There is also a traveling exhibit gallery which is being installed with ice age mammals.”

Crews are into crunch-time now with the soft opening set for September 3 but Jacob says things are moving along on schedule and the gallery is shaping up to be a very visually striking and unique space.

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“The building is almost like walking into a dinosaur dig as it goes down two levels. The volumetric space is occupied by a number of very large specimens, the plesiosaurus and the mosasaurus. The building is changing every single day and the next 6-8 weeks will be quite critical in realizing the rest of the exhibit experience.”

The official grand opening of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum will coincide with this years Amber Ball on September 26.

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