The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles has a brand new exhibit just in time for a fun Family Summer visit. Pterosaurs: Flight of the Age of Dinosaurs is open Now through October 3 and gives us all a peek into the prehistoric era of a variety of flying reptiles.
What is a Pterosaur?
Pterosaurs are neither birds nor bats, but flying reptiles that lived from about 220 to 66 million years ago. They are close cousins of dinosaurs, but evolved on a separate branch of the reptile family tree. Pterosaurs were the first animals after insects to evolve powered flight-- not just leaping or gliding, but flapping their wings to generate lift and travel through the air. They evolved into dozens of species: Some were as large as an F-16 fighter jet, and others as small as paper airplane.
The best part about this and most exhibits, is that it is immersive and interactive.
It was fun for the kids to take part in the "Fly Like a Pterosaur Exhibit," where visitors can "pilot" a flying pterosaur over a prehistoric landscape in a whole-body interactive exhibit that uses motion-sensing technology. If you flap your wings, you fly and when you stop, you dive down and on one screen you even hunt and catch fish.
The best way for an educational experience to last is to make it memorable. This simulator definitely helps make the learning experience a fun learning experience.
This Cretaceous Sea Diorama is all kinds of beautiful. It's artistic and lit up and shows two Thalassodromeus pterosaurs with impressive 14-foot wingspans. The Thalassodromeus are swooping down to catch a Rhacolepis fish in their tootheless jaws. This large diorama shows a detailed re-creation of a dramatic Cretaceous seascape located at the present-day Araripe Basin in northeast Brazil.
I love when exhibits conclude with a gift shop that is specific to the exhibit. And you will find everything Pterosaurs and Dino here. We especially loved the Dino hand puppets and puzzles but that's just us.
I recommend that you reserve your timed tickets in advance to guarantee entry to the exhibition and to skip the line to see Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs.
- Adult Admission $12.00
- Senior Admission (Guests 62+) $9.00
- Student Admission *Youths 13-17 or College Students with Valid ID. $9.00
- Child Admission (Ages 3-12) $5.00
- Children 2 and Under are admitted FREE of charge!
- Adult GA plus Pterosaurs $22.00
- Senior GA plus Pterosaurs (Guests 62+) $19.00
- Student GA plus Pterosaurs (Ages 13-17) $19.00
- Child GA plus Pterosaurs (Ages 3-12) $10.00
- Child GA plus Pterosaurs (Ages 2 and Under) FREE