Animatronic dinosaurs to take over Union Station in new summer exhibit

"Dinosaurs Revealed: Journey Across America" is the new summer exhibit at Union Station, opening July 3.
"Dinosaurs Revealed: Journey Across America" is the new summer exhibit at Union Station, opening July 3. Union Station Kansas City Inc.

People just can't seem to get enough of dinosaurs.

Knowing this, Union Station is again tapping into that fascination with its next special exhibition, "Dinosaurs Revealed: Journey Across America." Officials announced this week that the new summer show will open July 3 in the Bank of America Gallery.

But this presentation will differ from the big traveling shows the station usually hosts in that it will be self-produced and it will rest largely on local expertise. Self-producing means the station will not have to split ticket revenue with a production company, but it will have to pay for costs of mounting the show.

"The University of Kansas Paleontological Institute and the University of Missouri-Kansas City's School for Geosciences and Paleontology have world-class collections, knowledge and content that will give 'Dinosaurs Revealed' a true local flavor," Jeff Rosenblatt, director of exhibits at Science City, said in an announcement.

And then there are the animatronics — 26 moving life-sized dinosaur models that, along with actual fossils, full skeletons and interactive exhibits, promise to provide new insights into the prehistoric creatures.

"Kansas City has never seen anything like this exhibition," Union Station CEO George Guastello said in a statement.

Actually, a traveling summer exhibit in 2010 called "Dinosaurs Unearthed" and featuring animatronic beasts proved so popular that it was extended past the holidays and helped Union Station turn a deficit into a surplus that year.

Other area venues have also featured animatronic dinosaurs.

Union Station's coming exhibit will take visitors through a "Hall of Skulls" and on a time trip through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods in North America.

"Dinosaurs Revealed" runs through Jan. 6. It follows the Lego exhibit "The Art of the Brick," which closes May 28.

General admission for the dinosaur show is $15 on weekdays and $17.95 on weekends. To order tickets or for more information go to unionstation.org.

"The Art of the Brick," a new exhibit opening Friday at Union Station, features sculptures large and small made entirely out of Lego bricks by artist Nathan Sawaya. The show runs through May.