Michigan Science Center: New Animatronic Displays Bring Wooly Mammoths to Life


Starting Saturday, visitors to the Michigan Science Center can get a sense of what the ice age was like thanks to a new exhibit that uses robotics to depict mammals, including the woolly mammoth and saber-toothed cat.

“This one-of-a-kind exhibit is a cool combination of technology and natural history,” says Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center. “We are thrilled to have this engaging exhibit as part of the museum’s fall lineup and look forward to inspiring visitors to explore Earth’s past through this fun, unique display.”

The robotic animals are individually programmed for movement based on evidence from fossil records, scientific literature, and input from professional paleontologists, and show how life on Earth evolved after the dinosaurs’ extinction.

Guests can view the mammals nurturing their young, hunting, and even hear the woolly mammoth’s trumpeting sound. The 3,500-square-foot display is an original exhibit created by Kokoro Exhibits, a Los Angeles-based company that specializes in creating robotic dinosaurs, insects, and other creatures for museum use.

Complementing the exhibit — which touches on paleontology, climatology, and zoology — will be Titans of the Ice Age. The film, presented in the museum’s IMAX theater, will showcase what the landscapes of North America, Europe, and Asia likely looked like 10,000 years before modern civilization.

General admission to the Science Center with a ticket to Ice Age Unfrozen, on display until Jan. 3, is available at $18 for adults and $15 for children. The admission package that also includes a ticket to Titans of the Ice Age is $22 for adults and $19 for children.

For more information, call 313-577-8400 or visit Mi-Sci.org.