Popularity of dinosaurs prompts Reading Public Museum to extend hours

Museum to be open Mondays through August, on Labor Day

Posted: 3:29 PM EDT Jul 30, 2012   Updated: 5:53 PM EDT Jul 30, 2012
Dinosaurs come alive in exhibit at Reading Public Museum

The Reading Public Museum is giving its visitors more time to step back in time and visit with the dinosaurs.

The museum's current exhibition, "Dinosaurs: T-Rex Face-to-Face," has been so popular, the museum has decided to extend the hours it's open to the public.

In addition to its normal hours Tuesdays through Sundays, the museum will now be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Mondays in August and on Labor Day, Sept. 3.

"The museum is usually not open on Mondays, but attendance numbers have been so high, we want to make sure everybody gets a chance to experience this amazing exhibition before it closes at 5 p.m. on Labor Day," said John Graydon Smith, director and CEO, Reading Public Museum. "As of this past weekend, our year-to-date figures are at 29,872, already surpassing last year’s total attendance."

The exhibit features realistic, robotic versions of dinosaurs, each of which is outfitted with cameras, sensors and artificial intelligence that enable it to react to visitors.

Children can also enjoy a "dinosaur dig," which features a special display of fossils and other specimens from the museum’s own collection, as well as a historical timeline.

The dinosaurs exhibit was created by KumoTek Robotics in collaboration with Kokoro Dreams and Dynamite Films.