When children see the new “Predators” exhibit at the Discovery Science Place in Tyler, they have one of two reactions.
“The exhibits aren’t alive and they don’t move,” museum Chief Operating Officer Vel Williamson said. “But children have one of two reactions: they either run up to it or they’re scared of it. There were two girls in here the other day who stood at the front of the exhibit and wouldn’t go near the shark, but how often do you get the chance to stand in a cage and look a shark in the mouth?”
“We’re excited to bring this exhibit to the Tyler area,” stated Phil Lindsey, CEO of Discovery Science Place in a written release. “The animals highlighted are some of those that spark the curiosity in kids of all ages, and the experience is included with regular admission to the museum.”
Created by the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Ark., Predators is an educational exhibit offering insight into some of the most dangerous animals on land, sea, and in the sky.
Discovery Science Place is a non-profit, hands-on learning environment with a mission of igniting curiosity in young minds through fun, hands-on exploration. At 308 N. Broadway Ave. in downtown Tyler, it is supported by grants, donations, admissions, memberships and special events.
At the entrance of the exhibit is a life-sized velociraptor model. Other exhibits include information about owls, bears, tigers, killer whales and more. One exhibit shows how scientists determine the age of a bear using rings like a tree, explained Andrea Ortiz, biology student at The University of Texas at Tyler, who is volunteering with the exhibit.
Visitors also have a chance to step inside a steel diving cage and come face to face with a life-sized, 15-foot model of a great white shark.
Younger children might enjoy the opportunity to color a mask like villagers who wear masks on the backs of their heads to prevent tiger attacks.
The museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
Admission is $6, with children 2 and younger free. For information about the exhibit, call 903-533-8011 or visit www.dis coveryscienceplace.org.