Dudley Museum and Art Gallery has welcomed a new arrival to its collection, an animatronic dinosaur as part of the Dudley Rock and Fossil Festival this weekend (September 28 and 29).
The life-size baby tyrannosaurus rex rears its head, waves its tail and roars when its sensors pick up signs of any approaching visitors. It’s expecting to roar itself hoarse over the two day festival which attracted more than 1,500 visitors in 2011.
The animatronic T-Rex is a new animated bonus to the museum’s growing collection of realistic, life-size static dinosaur models which include a styracosaurus, head of an albasaurus – skulls of R-Rex and albasaurus, a deinonycus and a baryonyx, as well firm favourite Fluffy the woolly mammoth. New for the 2013 show is the appearance of Eric the eryops amphibian a 6 foot long newt like creature from 300 million years ago.
Dudley Council has organised the two-day festival which runs across Dudley Museum and Art Gallery and Dudley Town Hall.
Youngsters calling into the museum are in for a treat. Besides the new baby T-Rex there will be regular magic shows, glitter tattoo sessions, storytelling, craft activities with the Jam club team, poetry from Walsall’s own poet laureate, specialist lectures and interactive talks.
There’ll be fossil casting in the science lab on the top floor where youngsters can make their own fossils to take home. These sessions are by timed ticket only which can be collected from the museum on the day.
For grown-ups, over at the town hall there are more stalls than ever before selling fossils, minerals, gems, crystals and jewellery. There will also be gem cutting demonstrations, fossil identification sessions and other competitions hosted by the Black Country Geological Society.
The festival runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
Admission costs £2.60 for adults, £1.60 for children (aged 4 – 15) and £8 for a family ticket which admits two adults and three children.
Under 4s go free. Price includes entrance and activities at both venues.
For more information visit www.discover dudley.org.uk/rockandfossil