Dinosaurs Come to Life at Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

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Dinosaurs Come to Life at Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

At dusk, as the last rays of sun painted the Jerusalem skyline crimson and orange, the night lights at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens were flicked on,  illuminating the dinosaur replicas set amongst the bushes and accentuating their life-like qualities. Children ran excitedly from dinosaur to dinosaur with a sense of determination, listening to explanations about each 
speciewith audio devices given to them at the Garden entrance.
 
Representative of the dinosaur kingdom graced the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens with their presence this summer, making it no longer necessary to go back in time millions of years. The trees and plants at the Botanical Gardens make for a perfect backdrop for the much-loved Supersaurus, Tyrannosaurus and more than 40 real-life replicas of different species – some  towering to a height of around 13 meters! Some of the dinosaurs also move and make noise, enthralling people of all ages.
 
Upon entering the exhibition, visitors are given a riddle from Dr Dinos, an absent-minded professor. The riddle is ranked according to three levels of difficulty (for children of various ages), and with it they go on an adventurous journey through the dinosaur kingdom. At the end of the exhibits, prizes are given to participants.

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A huge display board demonstrates the development of the world, from the days of the Big Bang until today. The dinosaur period plays a huge part in this story, in what constitutes a successful attempt to make order out of the chaos associated with the development of life on Earth. It is recommended that you also watch the 3-D movie about the development (and extinction) of dinosaurs. The movie has a very clear message – emphasizing the extent to which mankind, in its short existence, has managed to destroy the planet and annihilate numerous species of animals. My little "testers" who accompanied me were enthusiastic about the film, although there were a few scary moments when a dinosaur tried to devour their heads. But there is also an option to remove the 3-D glasses, should there be a need, and everything goes back to normal.
 
Throughout the dinosaur trail there are also workshops and a sandpit where one can search for dinosaur fossils. My "testers" did not want to leave the exhibit, even though it was late at night.
 
The unique lighting specially designed by lighting artist Gil Teichman presents the dinosaurs in a powerful and majestic way. Based on the number of people streaming into the garden, it appears that the Botanical Gardens and the exhibition producers made a good decision in bringing the exhibition to Jerusalem this summer.

The exhibition takes place July 1 to August 31, from 10: 00-22:00 at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens.
 
The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens is a flagship institution of the Jerusalem Foundation.