Is it just me, or does it seem like dinosaurs are everywhere this summer? True, I got sensitized by touring in May with a friend who runs the volunteer-powered fossil cleaning lab at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History; in her two weeks here we had an intensive dose of dinosaur, including a sneak preview of the totally redone dinosaur exhibit at the National Museum of Nature and Science (NMNS) in Tokyo, as well as an extensive tour of the very impressive Fukui Prefecture Dinosaur Museum. Still, there do seem to be a lot of dino-doings going on.
As I reported in my summer dinosaur round-up in The Japan Times on July 17, the NMNS has just reopened its main dinosaur exhibit after an extensive renovation. And just in time for summer vacation. A top attractions is the all-new Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton — in a novel and easier-to-see “sit” position. If you’ve got small kids, or grandkids, check out the new “Compass” space on the third floor of the Global Gallery. (The main dinosaur exhibit is in the B1 level of the same building.)
Summer is a good time to visit the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum in Katsuyama, if you can deal with the crowds. In August, visitors can observe new digs in progress at the nearby excavation sites.
Don’t miss the “dinosaur crossing” road signs along the way. If I remember correctly, there are six different signs.
You can also try your own hand at fossil hunting, under the direct guidance of the museum’s paleontologists. That’s not an opportunity you get every day.
Recently, the subways have been full of posters advertising the Mega Dinosaur 2015 exhibit at Makuhari in Chiba.