Dinosaurs in the Ocean: Moskvarium at VDNKh invites you to a science entertainment festival

March 1
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A science entertainment festival for everyone who is not indifferent to dinosaurs will be held at the Moskvarium at VDNKh. From 1 March to 8 March, the second floor of the Oceanography and Marine Biology Center will turn into an interactive platform with thematic areas. They will be free of charge for visitors. Every day from 11:00 to 18:00, guests will be able to attend creative master classes to make dinosaur-shaped crafts, apply face painting, take pictures against the background of a three-meter megalodon’s jaw, play the Evolution, Dino and Oceans board games under the guidance of professional game technicians, take part in lectures and animation programs.

Open meetings with scientists and researchers will take place on the stage. Especially for the festival, Moskvarium ichthyologists have prepared a new lecture for children and adults, Ancient Ocean Inhabitants, about animals that are referred to as living fossils: Marbled lungfish, gar pike, arapaimas, sturgeon fish, and Xiphosuras. You can attend the lecture from 1 March to 5 March from 16:00 to 16:45 daily, from 6 March to 8 March – from 11:30 to 12:15 and from 17:00 to 17:45 daily.

Press service of the Moskvarium at VDNKH

On the opening day of the festival and on weekends, guests will find a scientific show on paleontology and archeology (1 March – from 15:15 to 16:00; from 6 March to 8 March – from 13:15 to 14:00).

Also, on these days there will be held the game animation program “Jurassic Mysteries” (1 March – from 16:45 to 17:30; from 6 March to 8 March – from 12:15 to 13:15).

From 6 March to 8 March (from 15:00 to 17:00 daily), a dinoquest will be held for young guests. The participants will have to hide from an angry parasaurolophus, feed raptor cubs, save a nest with the future offsprings of a T-Rex, arrange real excavations and find the remains of ancient reptiles.

In addition, the program will comprise the new “Jurassic Ocean” permanent exhibition dedicated to the era of dinosaurs. For the first time ever, specialists have recreated 12 species of prehistoric giants in one exposition using multimedia technologies. These include the largest lizard on the planet, the Mosasaurus, the prehistoric Livyatan, the giant shark Megalodon, the “king of the lizards” Basilosaurus, the reptiles Elasmosaurus and Pliosaurus, the Sirenia, the Parapuzosia and the Endoceras, the eurypterid Camerocera and the predatory fishes Xiphactinus and Dunkleosteus.

Full-size models of prehistoric species ranging in size from three to 20 meters are recreated in full accordance with the latest scientific research. 3D animation technologies have made it possible to achieve the realistic and natural movements of animals. Giants float past panoramic walls, react to visitors, interact with each other, and showcase their origins. In an interactive form, guests get to know the animals, learn about their size, habitat and living period, behavior, and other interesting features.

The exposition is divided into several thematic areas. There you can find a panoramic tunnel with an interactive floor, platforms meant to simulate volcanic eruptions, an interactive map of the world, look at animals in their natural habitat, make a trip via a bathyscaphe to a coral reef greenhouse. In the interactive area “Laboratory” with its six touch screens and a projection wall, visitors have an opportunity to experiment with DNA and breed new species of animals by hybridizing aquarium fishes with prehistoric giants. A team of 50 experts comprising directors, composers, sound, light and video engineers, designers, artists and paleontologists has been working on this exhibition for more than a year.

The exhibition is located on the second floor of the Moskvarium and will be open daily from 10:00 to 22:00. You can buy tickets on the website

For those who stay at home, the activities of the science entertainment festival program will be available on 3-5 March online on the Moskvarium pages on social media, as well as on its YouTube channel

The Moskvarium Oceanography and Marine Biology Center opened at VDNKh in August 2015. Over 12 thousand marine and freshwater inhabitants, and namely – sharks, seals, rays, turtles, caimans, otters, octopus and hundreds of fish species, are living here. The area of the facility covers over 53 thousand square meters, and the aquariums hold about 25 million liters of water.

VDNKh continues to take all preventive measures. Its guests have to maintain social distancing, while wearing masks and gloves is mandatory indoors.

Source: mos.ru

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