DEEP: Dinosaur State Park’s Exhibit Center is Closed Temporarily for Renovations

February 26, 2013
 
Dinosaur State Park’s Exhibit Center
 Closed Temporarily for Renovations
 
Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reminding park goers that the Exhibit Center at Dinosaur State Park is closed four to five weeks for renovations to the Park’s Discovery Room.  The dinosaur track area, restrooms and bookshop are also closed.
 
The 2 ½ miles of outdoor hiking trails  remain open from 9 am to 4 pm daily during the renovation. 
 
The Renovation
 
Includes exhibits for both adults and children and will allow hundreds of specimens that have never been on display to be viewed by the public.  One of the new exhibits, “Connecticut’s Geologic Treasures” will feature an interactive geologic map of the state, drawers containing dozens of specimens from Connecticut and an “Investigation Station” where visitors can examine mica, crystal structures and more. 
 
“Life Through Time Exhibit” will showcase hundreds of fossil specimens from different time periods and different parts of the world. Other exhibits include a giant Mesozoic Magnetic Wall, a bird sounds station and a rock core display. 
 
The renovation of the Discovery Room is the result of many years of planning that included visits to other museums and surveys of park visitors.  The Friends of Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum make this project possible by financing the initial design costs.  We have no doubt that this project will greatly improve the visitor experience but caution parents – your kids won’t ever want to leave!
 
The Park's public information line (860) 529-8423 and the Park’s webpage www.ct.gov/deep/dinosaurstatepark will be updated with information on the renovation taking place.