Michigan Science Center Travels Back in Time with New Exhibit


DETROIT — The Michigan Science Center will open its new exhibit, “Ice Age Unfrozen,” where visitors can explore paleontology, climatology and zoology through lively, animatronic displays. The exhibit will launch on Sept. 27 and be on display until Jan. 3, providing aspiring paleontologists with a chance to discover the world’s prehistoric past.

Visitors will see how species lived during the ice age through a collection of realistic, animatronic mammals, such as the platybelodon, woolly mammoth, hyracotherium, saber-toothed cat, and australopithecus families.

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 impressive trumpeting sound, as well as visit scenes from Earth’s tumultuous past. The 3,500-square-foot display is an original exhibit created by KOKORO Exhibits.

“This one-of-a-kind exhibit is a cool combination of technology and natural history,” said Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center.

The museum also will feature, “Titans of the Ice Age,” on its Chrysler IMAXDome Theatre screen. The film showcases the beautiful frozen landscapes of North America, Europe and Asia, 10,000 years before modern civilization. Viewers will take a journey through an ancient world where man shared the tundra with saber-toothed cats and majestic woolly mammoths, giants both feared and hunted by prehistoric humans.

Admission packages, including general admission to the Science Center, access to “Ice Age Unfrozen”and “Titans of the Ice Age,” are available at $22 for adults and $19 for children. General admission to the Science Center with a ticket to “Ice Age Unfrozen,” also is available at $18 for adults and $15 for children.