It was over twenty years ago when Jurassic Park was realized in theaters. My sister rushed home to tell me all about the movie. Buffy was so excited, recounting the movie scene by scene and comparing it with the book she had just read. She even bought me a ticket to go check it out with her the next day. I admit that the movie was wonderful and it remains one of my favorites.
This movie had everything! Can we take a minute to talk about how funny Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm was? Laura Dern as kick butt scientist? And, of course, Sam Jackson (who is EVERYTHING!).
With the upcoming release of the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park series, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University presents a Jurassic Park Movie Marathon, plus a Dinosaur Dance Party for the younger set. It all happens Saturday, May 9, and is free with museum admission.
With Jurassic World opening in U.S. theaters June 12, “the Dinosaur Museum” will present the first three films in the wildly popular, now classic, series that launched in 1993 with Jurassic Park. The movies will be screened back-to-back in the Academy’s auditorium with a 20-minute break in between.
In addition, loveable Tracy the Triceratops will lead a music-filled Dinosaur Dance Party for all ages that recurs every hour on the half hour, starting at 10:30 a.m. Families with young children especially will enjoy keeping in step with extreme puppeteer Matt Brady—in the colorfully bulky body of Tracy—as he makes the 10-foot-long dinosaur twist, turn and trot to impossibly catchy tunes.
Movie show times are 10:20 a.m. for Jurassic Park, 1 p.m. for The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and 3:25 p.m. for Jurassic Park III
“This really is an all-ages event with something for everyone,” said Timshel Purdum, director of education and lifelong learning. “It’s casual enough that visitors can come and go among the movies and dances as fits their schedule.”
Seats are first come, first served. All shows are free with museum admission. Admission tickets may be purchased online at ansp.org.
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About the museum:
Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science.
HOURS: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. PHONE: 215-299-1000