January 18 – May 3
Bring the family and learn about how dinosaurs raised their tiny titans! It is an exhibit features dinosaur eggs and babies!
On display in our Changing Exhibits Gallery, this remarkable hands-on exhibit offers an astounding array of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe – including those of each of the major plant and meat-eating dinosaur groups.
Kids can dig for eggs, dress up like a parent dinosaur to brood their nest, and feel the texture of dinosaur eggs. Cute babies and fun Dino facts will keep everyone entertained on your next trip to the museum!
A central feature of the exhibit is a presentation about the discovery of Baby Louie, the nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur embryo with its bones aligned in the proper position. Charlie Magovern made this exceptional and rare discovery in 1993 when he was carefully cleaning a large block of eggs from China. He nicknamed the embryo after National Geographic photographer Louis Psihoyos. It was not until 2017 that this remarkable find was officially published. Tiny Titans has included these new revelations as well as other new scientific discoveries to fill in the gaps of what is known of dinosaur family life.
“Baby Louie” Embryo Model by Brian Cooley
This model by paleo-sculptor Brian Cooley was commissioned by National Geographic for the cover of the May 1996 issue. It is based on preliminary scientific interpretations of the fossil hatchling Baby Louie. This model depicts the fossil as an embryo of a therizinosaur dinosaur. More recently, paleontologists studying the fossil have discovered that its beak-like lower jaw lacked teeth. This new evidence confirms that Baby Louie represents a new species of giant oviraptor.
Although dinosaur eggs were first identified in the 1920s , their scientific significance was not fully appreciated until the end of the 20th century. Today, dinosaur eggs are recognized for their enormous scientific value and for offering fascinating details and fresh insights into the behavior, growth and evolution of dinosaurs.
Tiny Titans was developed by Charlie and Florence Magovern of The Stone Company, Boulder, Colorado in association with the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The Magoverns gained national recognition when their work was featured as the cover story in the May 1996 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Tiny Titans is now promoted by Silver Plume Exhibitions, an exhibit design and management company founded by Charlie and Florence’s daughter, Alanna and her husband, Nicholas Regester.
Also, not to miss, are companion programs:
Family of Titans - Live animal show
The live animal program A Family of Titans, answers the question, “What makes a family?” Some dinosaurs lived in family groups and others lived by themselves. Learn about different dinosaur families and meet some live animal ambassadors that are related to these fascinating creatures!
When: Every Saturday (Jan 18 – May 2)
Times: noon, 1 pm, 2 pm
Price: Included in museum admission.
Dino Family Challenge Weekend
Dino Family Challenge Weekend – February 15 -17, 2020.
This Dino-themed family fun weekend will feature all-day activity challenges for the family and several planetarium programs throughout the day. The weekend will also feature the live animal show, A Family of Titans throughout the weekend at noon, 1 pm and 2pm.
When: Saturday-Monday, February 15, 16 and 17.
Zula Patrol: Down to Earth Planetarium Show
Zula Patrol: Down to Earth – Planetarium companion programming in the Abbitt Planetarium. While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, the Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villanous Deliria Delight has been travelling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. In this adventure the Zula Patrollers learn about the formation and development of the Earth, and the life forms who call it home!
When: January 18- May 3
Time: 12:30pm daily
Price: Planetarium showings are free for VLM members and $4 plus Museum admission for non-members.
Thanks to our sponsors:
The Lawson Family
Coming Summer 2020 – May 23 – Sept 7
We’re going BIG! Meet GIGANOTOSAURUS!!
Jurassic Giants of the Triassic, Jurassic & Cretaceous periods
Experience the largest animatronic dinosaur the Virginia Living Museum has every featured. Our conservation garden will be the home of Giganotosaurus!
Experience a variety of other roaring, stomping, animatronic in indoor and outdoor galleries! Journey back millions of years to the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods and experience life-like dinosaurs around every turn.