Ice Age Imperials
October 12, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Imagine traveling back in time to a period in our planet’s history when the environment was dramatically different than we know it today.  Fierce cats, enormous mastodons and wooly mammoths, six-foot tall beavers, and other giant creatures roamed the land and everyday was a struggle for survival.  Learn more at our latest special exhibit, Ice Age Imperials.

This story will be presented like never before, through direct handling and interaction with real fossils from such ancient animals as the giant (five ton!) ground sloth, and cave bear, the largest breed of lion to ever live, and the herds of shaggy elephants that once covered North America.  Visitors will be able to dig for fossils like a real paleontologist, assemble a 3-D mastodon, or a saber tooth cat puzzle!

Using two full-scale dioramas, a series of interactive displays and other educational components, Ice Age Imperials will have you asking questions like: When and where was it? What was life like here during the Ice Age? How do today's animals compare to their extinct Ice Age relatives?

Ice Age Imperials is sponsored by  and  , with additional support provided by Corporation Service Company and Tri-State the Roofers.

Exhibit Highlights Include:

  • Full-Scale Dioramas: Two central dioramas feature the fierce-looking Sabertooth cat, the larger-than-life Woolly Mammoth, the Woodland Musk Ox, and the role of early human hunters.
  • Large And In Charge:  A three-sided display explores some of the largest mammals of the Ice Age, including the extinct Short-Faced Bear, Dire Wolf, and Giant Beaver.   
  • Teamwork: Large 3-D puzzles of a Mastodon and Sabertooth cat require a team effort to assemble.
  • Dig It: An Ice Age fossil “dig box” reveals surprise remains of extinct creatures.
  • Learn More: Discover more about the Ice Age and the formation, nature, and movement of glaciers, as well as the massive size of Ice Age glaciers.

Ice Age Imperials explores how today's animal life compares to its extinct Ice Age relatives, and about the way of life of the earliest peoples, the Paleo-hunters, that once inhabited North America.  Ice Age Imperials will also provide a rare opportunity to “touch the Ice Age.”


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