It's a last roar for the Reading Public Museum. "Dinosaurs Around the World: Passport to Pangea" is about to go the way of the dinosaurs when it ends its run on October 2, but for the museum, it's been more than a good run.
"It's been been a fantastic show for us, and things still aren't slowing down," said John Smith, director, Reading Public Museum. "We had it here for five months, as opposed to the usual three months that we have most of our exhibitions."
Museum officials said this was the most-attended event in the museum's history. They said easily, tens of thousands of people have come through.
"We saw huge numbers throughout the entire run of the show," Smith said. "Even since kids have been back in school, we're still seeing 500 people a day on the weekends."
Of course, there were those who tried to wreck the fun. One animatronic Spinosaurus outside the museum was damaged by vandals in early July, but almost as quickly as it was ruined, the community helped raise $10,000 to fix it.
"I think once the vandalism happened, it dawned on people that this could be a shorter-lived exhibition than we had planned," said Smith.
The Spinosaurus was moving again in no time, and though he'll be gone in less than two weeks, it won't spell extinction for dinosaurs at the museum.
"Watch for the return of dinosaurs, maybe different kinds of dinosaurs, but another dinosaur exhibition in 2018, as well," Smith said.