When it comes to fictional locales I want to visit, Jurassic Park is definitely up there. I know the whole point of the film is that bringing dinosaurs back to life as a tourist attraction is a bad idea… but if they started selling tickets to visit, I’d be first in line. Fortunately, there’s now a way to experience dinosaurs up close and personal, without running the risk of escaped T-Rexes.
Meet Jurassic World: The Exhibition. It’s a traveling display of hands-on exhibits and artifacts that let you get as up close and personal with prehistoric beasts as is humanly possible… right now, at least. The show does a great job of incorporating the science of dino DNA, which is the main premise of Jurassic Park, into the exhibit, so you get a little edutainment while you’re visiting. It was put together with the help of renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, so you know it’s gonna be all kinds of sciencey.
It went on display at the Field Museum at the end of May, and will stay there for a few months. The Field Museum is an extra-special place to catch the Exhibition since they’re known for their dinosaur displays; it’s home to Sue, the most complete and intact T-Rex skeleton in the world, among many other dino-themed displays in the permanent collection. Hey, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than a trip to Isla Nublar, so take advantage while you can! (Sadly, hunky Chris Pratt is not included.)