The name for the World’s Fair dinosaur will only be a secret for a few more days. The new moniker for the triceratops will be revealed at Kentucky Science Center’s upcoming Dino Day celebration, happening Saturday, September 17th from 10AM-2PM.
Dino Day guests will have the opportunity to groove with costumed dinosaur characters at our Dino Dance Party, meet modern reptiles courtesy of the Herpetological Society, try out paleontology-themed activities in our MakerPlace, or get up close and personal with Dinosaurs of Antarctica in the 4-story digital theater. In addition, Kentucky Science Center educators will be on hand along with partners from Louisville Free Public Library and StageOne Family Theater offering a variety of interactive experiences, from dinosaur mask-making to fossil fabrication.
At noon in the Kentucky Science Center atrium, the name chosen by the public for the World’s Fair triceratops will be revealed. Most Dino Day activities are included free of charge with your Kentucky Science Center admission.
Kentucky Science Center CEO Mike Norman is excited for guests to visit and see the dinosaur in its new home. “We’re so lucky to be able to be a custodian of this amazing piece of history. But the triceratops really belongs to the people of Louisville. Dino Day will be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the return of the dinosaur with the entire community.”
Created by Sinclair Oil along with eight other fiberglass dinosaur figures as part of the company’s 1964 New York World’s Fair display, the triceratops first found a home in Louisville in 1970 at the Louisville Zoo. In 1979, it was moved to the Kentucky Science Center (then known as the Museum of Natural History and Science) where the dinosaur greeted visitors to the Science Center’s West Washington Street parking lot. The Triceratops was relocated to the Science Center’s warehouse in 2008 to protect it during construction of Museum Plaza project. When that project stalled, no funds were available for the repairs necessary to put the dinosaur back on display.
Kentucky Science Center is located at 727 W. Main Street on Louisville’s historic Museum Row and is open to the public seven days a week from 9:30AM to 5:00PM. Our 50,000 square feet of space allows families plenty of opportunity to explore, experiment, and Do Science. Guests can save $3 off the general admission price by purchasing tickets online at least 24 hours in advance. Secure your spot by visiting kysciencecenter.org.