“Dinosaurs Unearthed: Bigger. Better. Feathered . . .” at the Witte Museum

UPDATE: This exhibit has now closed.

Faithful readers know that my kids and I love dinosaurs. (Remember “Dinosaur Stampede” at the San Antonio Botanical Garden last year?)

Well, now the Witte Museum has “Dinosaurs Unearthed: Bigger. Better. Feathered . . .” through September 2 at the Kathleen and Curtis Gunn Gallery. My daughter and I toured the exhibit last week. Our verdict: Don’t miss it! And I am giving away two free passes—see the directions at the bottom of this post.

Besides being big, spectacular, and fun, the exhibit is also educational. It was designed to work for lots of different types of learners:

  • For visual learners (like me), there are beautiful, well-lit fossil skulls so you can imagine that you’re Roy Chapman Andrews chopping them out of the Gobi desert while dodging bullets from Mongolian warlords. The large skeletons are powerful and elegant. Other models are covered in realistic scales or even—gasp—feathers!
  • For listeners, there are dinosaur models that growl and roar as they chomp their jaws, swipe their claws, and swing their tails.  
  • Hands-on learners can brush away the dirt (actually rubber mulch) to uncover dinosaur tracks.
  • My daughter, an iPad aficionado, loved the tablets at each station that are loaded with 3D models that let you see a dinosaur from all angles, or see a skeletal dinosaur with all its plates and scales.

This special exhibit carries a $5 per person surcharge on top of regular Witte Museum admission. Museum admission is free on Free Tuesdays, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and museum members only pay a $4 surcharge. Our family membership (prices start at $75 per year) is a great value because we visit so often. (Make a note: Sunday Jazz at the Witte is coming back starting again April 14; it’s kid friendly as long as the weather is good and the concerts are outside.) For transportation, you can park in the Brackenridge garage, ride the zoo train, or drop off a B-cycle.

Would you like a chance to win two free passes to “Dinosaurs Unearthed” at the Witte? Just leave a comment below: What is your kid’s (or your) favorite dinosaur species or fictional dinosaur character? On Friday, March 8, I will pick a random number and select a winner. I’ll contact the winner by email and ask for a snail mail address; if all goes well, you should be able to use the passes during Spring Break.

Disclosure: My daughter and I received free refreshments at a blogger event and free admission to the “Dinosaurs” exhibit, as well as two free passes to give away to my readers.

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  1. Our favorite fictional dinosaur is Buddy! (from dinosaur train) We both love love love him! Thanks for the chance to win some tickets 🙂

  2. My daughter is really into dinosaurs, and proclaims she is going to be a T-Rex when she grows up! Dinosaur Train is a big hit in my family

  3. What a great round-up of ideas. We’ve never been to San Antonio with the kids (well, since they’ve been in strollers at least!) But we’re planning to, and this will come in useful!

    Thanks so much for linking up at This is Wherever Wednesday!

  4. Ah shoot…I had both your and another blog post up in different tabs and accidentally commented on the wrong one! You must have been like “what is she talking about!” Because we’re not probably going to be able to go down until summer I’m not entering, but will be sharing this on my blog.

  5. My son and I love stegosaurus. We love their plates. My daughter loves “all the species on the 🎵dinosaur train🎵! Thanks for this chance to enjoy the exhibit.

  6. My twin girls like Apatasaurus. My son likes Triceratops. This is fun 🙂

  7. My 5 year old daughter loves dinosaurs but her favorite is the Brachiosaurus! 🙂

  8. Right now we are loving the dinosaur in the Danny and the Dinosaur Book. He’s awesome! I prefer the stegosaurus myself.

  9. My daughter’s favorite Dinasaur is the Troodon (Mr. Conductor on the show Dinasaur Train).

  10. My Amy (5) loves dinosaurs! Her favorite is the Brontesaurus, a veggie eater she says lol!

  11. My boys like the T-Rex and will run around with their arms pulled in so that they resemble the T-Rex arms! The are funny!!

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