They roamed the earth millions of years ago and now they're coming to Winnipeg. A huge new exhibit is opening at the Manitoba Museum called Dinosaurs Unearthed.
As part of it, a life-sized model of a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex was installed on the plaza of the Manitoba Museum today. It stands a whopping 7.6 meters long and 4.6 meters high.
"It's a great thing," says Hanna Peters, exhibits manager at the museum. "Especially having the T-rex. We've never had a big dinosaur. We haven't had an installation that's off-site in the outside in the cold."
The museum faces some challenges, as the dinosaur will remain outdoors for the duration of the exhibit until April.
The show will feature10 animatronic dinosaurs with moving eyes, moving limbs, and pulsating bodies. There will even be a dinosaur with feathers.
Peters says when people come to the exhibit they'll really have an immersive experience.
"When you first come in here, you will hear dinosaurs roaring, there will be things to touch and see and explore," she says. "You'll be able to see real fossils as well as some skeletons made from really well-preserved dinosaur casts. And there's going to be stories and new discoveries." There will also be hands-on activities and a dinosaur pit.
The museum will also be open on Monday mornings for pre-schoolers with special activities and stories geared to them.
Dinosaurs Unearthed will run at the Manitoba Museum from Oct. 6 to April 8, 2013.