Press Release

Field Museum to Host Jurassic World: The Exhibition

 

CHICAGO – March 23, 2017 – Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, Jurassic World: The Exhibition is set to open its gates at the acclaimed Field Museum in Chicago, home to one of the best dinosaur fossil collections in the world, on May 26, 2017. The Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in settings inspired by the groundbreaking film franchise, Jurassic World, blending real-world science and education with the very best in high-quality entertainment. This summer, not only will visitors be able to see real dinosaur fossils at The Field Museum, they’ll be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking animals.

Produced in conjunction with Universal Brand Development and Imagine Exhibitions and co-produced by MagicSpace and IES, the lifelike animatronic dinosaurs were designed by The Creature Technology Company (Walking with Dinosaurs). The larger-than-life Exhibition made its world premiere in Melbourne, Australia and marked its U.S. debut at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, shattering attendance records at both venues.

Featuring the closest simulation of dinosaurs ever created, the Exhibition was developed in close collaboration with renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, who served as the Paleontological Advisor on the Jurassic World films.  The Exhibition is infused with interactive educational elements—drawn from the real-world science of dinosaur DNA that allowed Jurassic World to come to life. Visitors will travel to Isla Nublar as VIP guests to explore a towering Brachiosaurus; come face-to-face with a Velociraptor; and get a rare up-close look at the most vicious dinosaur of them all, Tyrannosaurus rex. To accommodate the massive size of the dinosaurs, the Field Museum is erecting a 16,000 square foot exhibition tent on the front lawn of the museum—a first-of-its-kind structure for the museum.

“Jurassic World: The Exhibition is an immersive and educational experience like no other, and the response from fans has been tremendous, with the first two tour stops setting attendance records,” said Carol Nygren, Vice President, Worldwide Live Entertainment, Universal Brand Development. “The Field Museum is world-renowned for its dinosaur collection and research, and we’re excited to bring the Exhibition to Chicago as part of our global tour.”

“The goal from the beginning of this project was to transport people to Jurassic World through our experience, not just walk by and see it, but to truly feel like they are there, in the park and… we did it,” said Tom Zaller, President & CEO of Imagine Exhibitions. “I am proud that our team at Imagine Exhibitions is fortunate enough to be a part of this next chapter in the Jurassic World franchise.”

“One of our goals as a museum is to provide visitors with the best dinosaur experience in the world,” says Field Museum President Richard Lariviere. “Our fossil collections are one of the greatest things about The Field Museum, and the Jurassic World dinosaurs are an incredible way to spark our imaginations about them. After seeing an animatronic T. rex, you can come inside, see SUE, and picture what an incredible animal she must have been in life.”

Guests will walk through the world-famous Jurassic World gates to get up close to the towering dinosaurs, some more than 24 feet tall, and explore the Park through a specially guided tour. Once onsite, visitors will experience the family-friendly Gentle Giants Petting Zoo; step behind the glass into The Hammond Creation Lab; get a special preview of Jurassic World’s top-secret project, the Indominus rex; and go inside the Raptor Training Paddock.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition will be open seven days a week from 9am-5pm, with additional evening hours yet to be announced. Ticket prices will be $20 for children (ages 3–11) and $25 for adults for evening entry (5–9pm), and $10 for children and $15 for adults for daytime entry (9am–5pm), in addition to general museum admission. Jurassic World: The Exhibition will run from May 26, 2017 to January 7, 2018. Stay tuned for ticket sales information.

Not done with dinosaurs? Be sure to head inside The Field Museum and visit SUE, the world’s largest, best-preserved, and most complete T. rex, along with the incredible fossils in the Museum’s permanent exhibition Evolving Planet.

United Airlines is the Official Travel Partner for Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Field Museum.

PHOTOS: Access hi-resolution photographs of Jurassic World: The Exhibition.

About the Jurassic World Franchise
In 2015, Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World became one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, grossing more than $1.67 billion at the global box office on its way to becoming the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time. In 2018, executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow will return along with stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard for the next installment of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World film series. Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley also return as the film’s producers. JA Bayona (The Impossible) is set to direct the film based on a screenplay written by Jurassic World director Trevorrow, and  Derek Connolly.

About The Field Museum
The Field Museum is one of the world’s premier natural history institutions and is home to one of its greatest dinosaur collections, including SUE, the world’s largest, best-preserved, and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex. Its staff maintains an irreplaceable collection of more than 30 million artifacts and specimens, which are made available to scientists around the globe. Additionally, the Museum maintains more than 350,000 square feet of permanent exhibitions. Since 2000, The Field has created 15 critically acclaimed traveling exhibitions engaging more than 12 million people worldwide.

About Imagine Exhibitions 
Imagine Exhibitions is the global resource for all aspects of exhibitions and attractions. From design to creation, placement to presentation, marketing and operations, Imagine has the experience and inspiration to bring the best possible experience to any venue. Imagine is currently producing and touring over 30 exhibitions in museums, science centers, aquariums, integrated resort properties and non-traditional venues throughout the world. For more information, visit www.imagineexhibitions.com or visit the Facebook page.

About Creature Technology Company
Creature Technology Company is most famous for having produced the amazing dinosaurs for the incredibly successful Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular that set the benchmark for large-scale animatronic live entertainment. The benchmark was then set even higher with How to Train Your Dragon – Live Spectacular for DreamWorks, before creating the iconic puppets King Kong for the dazzling Global Creatures stage show and a talking, 7.5m tall animatronic Statue of Liberty for the annual Rockettes New York Spectacular at the world famous Radio City Music Hall. The three remarkable mascots for the XXII Olympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Sochi were witnessed by billions and demonstrated a whole new capability of the company on a global stage.

Founded in 2006 and working out of a non-descript factory in Melbourne Australia, Creature Technology Company is producing the most technologically sophisticated, creatively inspired and life-like animatronic creatures for exhibitions, arena spectaculars, theme parks, stage shows and events in the world. Visit Creature Technology or find us on Facebook.

About Universal Brand Development
Universal Brand Development globally drives expansion of the company’s intellectual properties, franchises, characters and stories through innovative physical and digital products, content, and consumer experiences.  Along with franchise brand management, Universal Brand Development’s core businesses include Consumer Products, Games and Digital Platforms, and Live Entertainment based on the company’s extensive portfolio of intellectual properties created by Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment, DreamWorks Animation, and NBCUniversal cable and television.  Universal Brand Development is a business segment of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, and part of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA).