The World-Class Dinosauria Museum Prague Sets New Standards for Museums
One of the Largest Collections of Dinosaurs in the World Lands Near the Prague Airport.
Prague, Sept 15, 2021 – One of the largest and most modern private dinosaur museums in the world, Dinosauria Museum Prague, will open its doors on October 4. Visitors can travel back in time millions of years within 4,000m2, which will include dinosaur skeletons up to 24 metres-long and 154 million years old, realistic life-size models of the Tyrannosaurus rex and the largest pterosaur, as well as virtual reality displays, a collection of more than 6,000 fossils and minerals, and a gallery featuring Czech paleoart greats Zdeněk Burian, Karel Zeman, and Jan Sovák.
“We’ve created our singular collection over the last two years, and we plan to continue expanding it. We connected these skeletons that are hundreds of millions of years old with the latest technologies and created a museum that probably doesn’t have an equal anywhere in the world,” KAPRAIN group owner Karel Pražák explained and added: “We want to take visitors from around the world on a trip to a land before time. We believe lovers of pre-history will be amazed by our museum.”
Dinosauria Museum Prague is located at the POP Airport complex in Prague-Tuchoměřice. It will offer visitors a trip 200 million years back in time within a space encompassing 4,000 m2. The highlight will be a 24-metre-long, 154-million-year-old skeleton of a Diplodocus that is made up of more than 90% original bones. There will also be two imposing mosasaurs and a Triceratops horridus. “Our triceratops, which we named Trik, is among the best-preserved of its kind. Because of the healed wounds that are visible on the head, we believe it survived an attack by the most feared predator of the day, the T-Rex,” museum palaeontologist Štěpán Pícha said of Trik’s life and noted: “We decided to show visitors Trik’s fight for his life by adding the most realistic life-size model of a T-Rex available. You can also experience a re-enactment of the fight in expanded reality.” Another model is the massive Quetzalcoatlus, whose 11-metre wingspan floats above an interactive fantasy world for children with mazes and educational games.
“We’ve planned the entire museum so that visitors will learn in the most entertaining and interactive way possible, ideally not even realizing how much they’ve absorbed in the approximately 90 minutes they’ll spend at the museum,” Štěpán Pícha explained. Visitors can attend the Dinosauria University with projection screens covering topics such as the dinosaur family tree all the way down to their modern-day relatives. The Paleo Trail will explain the complex process of discovering, excavating, and restoring dinosaur fossils. Finally, visitors can test their knowledge in POP quizzes.
Geosvět is an intrinsic part of the museum, displaying a collection of more than 6,000 minerals collected over 50 years in 25 expeditions to more than 20 countries around the world.
Visitors can peruse the museum on their own or in guided tours led by the museum’s palaeontologist Štěpán Pícha and the Dinousaria team. Special programs will also be prepared for schools from all around the Czech Republic, including benefit packages in which children can learn about history in an effective way using the latest technologies.
Dinosauria Museum Prague will open its doors at the POP Airport centre in Prague-Tuchoměřice on October 4. “POP Airport has constantly grown since its opening in 2018 and continues to offer visitors new experiences. Our goal is to build a place that will pleasantly combine shopping with entertainment and partially with education. The museum isn’t the first example because guests can already see a collection of classic cars, enjoy the view of the airport from our terrace, or take a trip back to pre-history in virtual reality. We will also open the largest indoor amusement park in the Czech Republic at the end of the year: Majaland,“ KAPRAIN CEO Romana Benešová said.