Not an avid reader by nature, I have never borrowed or bought any books on dinosaurs. In fact, I knew very little about dinosaurs and the only dinosaur I knew was “T-Rex” until I watched the movie “Jurassic Park” in 1993. However, dinosaurs have always been very fascinating to me. Incidentally, my girls are very “into” dinosaurs these days and so when we learnt about the dinosaur -themed exhibition (“Titans of the Past”) organised by the Singapore Science Centre, I knew this was one exhibition that we couldn’t miss.
Depending on how you look at it, the admission fee of $20 for an adult ticket and $68 for a family package (2 adults, 2 children) may not seem cheap at the first glance. However, if you consider the effort needed to transport these pre-historic mammoth fossils, you may find the prices more acceptable. Whichever way you see it, I think this is a not-to-be-missed exhibition for the curious.
By the way, these rates do not include the admission to the Science Centre. If you have not been to the Science Centre for the past few years, I would say the extra couple of dollars for the admission is worth spending. We have been to the Science Centre a few times and the experience has always been very enjoyable. ◕ิ‿◕ิ
There are 3 segments in the exhibition and my advice is to allocate at least 3 hours if you intend to “maximise” the value. There is a documentary film at the centre stage in the second segment but we didn’t manage to finish it as we were rushing then. It was a real pity as my younger daughter was really interested. I will talk more about that later.
The first segment (“The Growth and Behaviour of Dinosaurs”) is an exhibition from The Museum of the Rockies (MOR) in Montana, USA. While many people may feel that the main attraction in this segment is the T-Rex, including the largest T-Rex skull (fossil) ever found, I prefer the Triceratops exhibits. I am not sure if the exhibits (see photo above) are real fossils or replicas, but they look real and I am very amazed with the development of the Triceratops. So the horns would bend forward (from upwards) as the Triceratops approached adulthood, as I was told.
Other than static displays, which can be very boring, the organiser also added some novelties to make the whole experience more interesting. You can download an iPhone app which will have some special effects at specific spots in the hall. There’s one at the Triceratops section where the image of the dinosaur will come to life. It’s more for the kids, I would say. 🙂
Moving slightly beyond the life stages of the Triceratops will bring you to a “secluded” area where a short movie about Triceratops will be screened. The movie is interesting as it shares a lot of good information on Triceratops. However, the sound system was really bad and we could barely hear the commentary.
Moving beyond the Hypacrosaurus display is a huge, gigantic life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex), discovered by a rancher by the name of Kathy Wankel in Montana in 1988. This T-Rex is, thus, named after him. The real Wankel T-Rex is residing in the Museum of the Rockies (Montana) and I believe this T-Rex which stood before us was just a replica, albeit a very realistic one.
Enough of static displays? There are some that move as well. The T-Rex in the photo below is no ordinary display. It can interact with humans. A staff demonstrated to us how he could interact with the T-Rex and the monster actually lowered its head to him. It was probably responding to some his hand movements or gestures. Nothing spectacular but enough to keep the kids amused. 🙂
The second segment features three life-sized dinosaur skeletal (Argentinosaurus, Giganotosaurus and T-rex). The Argentinosaurus is the focus in this segment. Besides being majestic, standing at 7m tall and 36m long, there is also a lengthy documentary on it. I am not sure how long is the documentary cos we didn’t finish it but I believe it’s at least 30 minutes long. Again, the problem is with the sound system. We could barely hear the commentary. Watch the documentary before you explore the dinosaur displays in this segment and you will probably appreciate them more.
The third and final segment is an exhibition on the Ice Age where it showcases creatures that we are all so familiar with .. I mean for those who watched the movie “Ice Age”, you will recognize a lot of the exhibits . This segment is probably the most redundant and has the least value, in my opinion.
One man’s meat is another man’s poison. Is the exhibition worth the “hefty” admission charge? I think it’s worth it. But will I pay the same amount to see another dinosaur fossil exhibition again? Probably not. ◕ิ‿◕ิ
Useful Information – Titans of the Past Exhibition:
- 10:00-18:00 daily
- 25 October 2013 to 23 February 2014
- Adult – $20 or $25 (inclusive of admission into Science Centre)
- Child – $16 or $19 (inclusive of admission into Science Centre)
- Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) – $68 or $75 (inclusive of admission into Science Centre)