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CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
NAVY PIER, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

One of the prime spots for children in Chicago is the Children's Museum, located along the famous Navy Pier. In 1998 an amazing new exhibit came to this hands on museum: a dinosaur. But, this was no ordinary dinosaur. During one of his many expeditions to the Sahara, University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno discovered the bones of a strange dinosaur. This creature had a long, crocodile like skull, a large thumb claw, and a sail down its back. It was nearly 40 feet long, with huge teeth. Sereno named this dinosaur Suchomimus, or 'crocodile mimic.' Instead of mounting the casts of the bones in a famous natural history museum, like the Field Museum or the American Museum, Sereno chose to mount them in a children's museum, largely due to the fact that he and his wife, an educator, wanted to introduce dinosaurs to the innercity Chicago community. In November of 1998 the cast mount of Suchomimus was unveiled, and remains one of Chicago's most popular attractions for children.

Along with the mount of Suchomimus the Children's Museum has a large Michael Skrepnick mural along the wall of its dinosaur hall, interactive anatomy exhibits where kids can reconstruct the bones of Suchomimus, exhibits on what it takes to prepare a paleontological expedition, and even a large room where children can 'dig up' a Suchomimus cast covered by tire shreds. I personally have been to this museum twice, and below you can find several of the photos I took of its dinosaur exhibits.


SUCHOMIMUS MOUNT

Suchomimus mount front view

Suchomimus mount back view

Suchomimus mount side view

Suchomimus mount skull/arms

Suchomimus thumb claw

Suchomimus back spines

SUCHOMIMUS SKULL

Suchomimus skull front view

Suchomimus skull side view

Suchomimus lower jaw (rosette)

Suchomimus/Tyrannosaurus rex skulls


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