Approximately 100 people joined in the festivities including employees from Travelers, the Science Center, the City and the State, as well as members of the media and a group of school children. Suspenseful music set the tone and created anticipation as the crowd arrived. A costumed dinosaur danced and high-fived passers-by. Connecticut Science Center President and CEO, Matt Fleury led the crowd in a countdown. Moments after Mayor Segarra and Rita Ortiz flipped the enormous switch, the dinosaur let out a giant roar and moved its head from side to side. The crowd was delighted and were invited inside for a tour of the exhibit.
The custom "switch" used in the ceremony was made by Connecticut Light & Power who fashioned the mechanism from a vintage telephone pole and customized it with the date to mark the occasion. The crew delivered it with pride and even helped make a last minute adjustment to the giant banner with their bucket truck.
Bringing the dinosaur to life was symbolic of the partner support that was needed to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to Hartford. Thanks to Travelers, the Connecticut Science Center has opened its biggest and most anticipated traveling exhibit to date. Dinosaurs Unearthed will delight and attract visitors from all regions of Connecticut and beyond during its five-month stay. More than 100,000 people are expected to view the exhibit. This creates positive economic impact and unforgettable experiences with science that will motivate students and visitors of all ages to enthusiastically embrace science at school, at home, and in their communities.
The Dinosaurs Unearthed Exhibit is on the 4th Floor of the Science Center, in the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Traveling Exhibit Gallery. The exhibit features 14 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, 3 full-scale skeletons and 23 real fossil artifacts. More information is available at http://www.CTScienceCenter.org.
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