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Photos: Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family at Science Museum of Virginia

If you have a child or adult with even a passing interest in dinosaurs this is a must-see exhibit.

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Scotty the largest of the T. rex family is the star of the show.

T. rex is just one of more than 25 different tyrannosaurs! On Saturday, June 19, the Science Museum of Virginia opens “Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family,” the world’s first exhibition showcasing the recently revised tyrannosaur family tree. Guests will see a dramatic array of fossils and casts of tyrannosaur specimens, run for their lives in a virtual experience, hatch a dinosaur egg and more in this immersive, multimedia exhibition that sheds new light on these ancient carnivores.

Avimimus Protentosus – An oviraptor, a group of very bird-like coelurosaurs close to the boundary between non-avian and avian dinosaurs.

Guanlong Wucaii – Greets you at the beginning of the exhibit. One of the first tyrannosaurs known and predated T. rex by 95 million year.

Besides the big skeletons, the interactive stations shouldn’t be overlooked. You’ll learn all about the impressive creatures that surround the room.

My personal favorites were these two guys.

Velociraptor Mongolensis -The exact look of the feathers are an educated guess. They do know it was feathered since the forelimb bones have been found with quill knobs, where the quills of feathers anchored to the bone.

The claws of the Velociraptor.

Dilong Paradoxus – The smallest of the tyrannosaur in the exhibition and decidedly the most punk rock.

 

Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family will be at the Museum June 19 – October 3, 2021.

During regular Museum operating hours (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), admission to Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family is available through a combination ticket that includes access to the exhibition as well as regular Museum exhibits.

  • Admission is $20.50 for adults; $18.50 for youth (ages 6 – 12) and seniors (ages 60 and older); and $15 for preschool-aged children (ages 3 – 5). Dome tickets are additional. Discounts are available for teachers, military personnel and through the Museums for All program.
  • Admission during Thursday and Friday extended hours (June 24 – October 1, 5 – 8 p.m.) for Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family only is $10.
  • Museum members receive free admission to the Museum and this exhibition. Join today!

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Riverfront Canal Cruises are back, with historically-narrated tours Fridays through Sundays

After stopping during the pandemic, a downtown tradition is back. On Friday, July 2nd, Riverfront Canal Cruises began hourly historic tours on weekends only – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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After stopping during the pandemic, a downtown tradition is back. On Friday, July 2nd, Riverfront Canal Cruises began hourly historic tours on weekends only – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The 40-minute, historically-narrated tours of the James River and Kanawha Canal will be open to the public Fridays to Sundays, noon to 7:00 p.m. each day. The boat tours travel along downtown Richmond’s historic Canal Walk and review centuries of Richmond’s history, from Powhatan’s Chiefdom to the first commercially successful electric streetcar in the world, all while traveling in authentically-styled, flat-bottomed boats. Travelers can see the unique Triple Crossing railroad, tobacco warehouses that have been converted into trendy lofts, the Virginia Capital Trail, the Low Line gardens and James River wildlife.

The historic tours depart every hour on the hour and accommodate up to 28 passengers. They operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November. Tours depart from the canal’s Turning Basin at 139 Virginia Street. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis at the Turning Basin’s ticket kiosk or online 24 hours in advance at VentureRichmond.com. All boats are handicap accessible.

Adults are $10.00; Children (5 – 12 years old) are $6.00; Children 4 and under are Free; Seniors (65 years and up) are $6.00.

Private charters are also available and may be scheduled for any day and time during the season. Private charters must be reserved a minimum of two weeks in advance. All reservations must be made online. To book a private charter for your group, please visit https://venturerichmond.com/our-services/riverfront-canal-cruises and click on “Buy Tickets.”

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The return of the 4th of July Fireworks at Dogwood Dell did not disappoint.

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Richmond Night Market returns for third season July 10th

Featured programming on July 10th includes a musical performance by Testiphy, a DJ set for the evening provided by DJ Prolific and the featured visual artist in the Makerspace, Sone-Seere.

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The Richmond Night Market (RNM) is preparing for its 3rd season of fresh and unique experiences for the region. Kicking off Saturday, July 10th from 4pm to 9pm, RNM is curating 6 exciting night markets this year in the heart of the City at 17th Street Market.

The Richmond Night Market was presented the 2020 Attraction Partner of the Year by Richmond Region Tourism because of its pivot to a virtual experience and increasing national exposure to the Richmond Market.  Now returning to its in person origin, this monthly open air social gathering held every 2nd Saturday, will highlight creativity, commerce, and community while showcasing the layered and diverse aspects of the artistic scene. Attendees will be able to shop local and visiting artists, participate in interactive stations at the Makerspace, and enjoy live music and a DJ to complete the night.

Featured programming on July 10th includes a musical performance by Testiphy, a DJ set for the evening provided by DJ Prolific and the featured visual artist in the Makerspace, Sone-Seere. “We are looking forward to the Richmond Night Market returning to the 17th Street Market to assist with the growing downtown arts and culture scene and pivot to our new normal as a city,” says Adrienne Cole Johnson, Co-founder of the Richmond Night Market.

Specifically aimed to highlight a curated number of independent artists during each Market, acceptance for artists is rolling and programming for the space is revolving. The goal is to keep the elements unique so that it becomes a natural part of a second saturday routine.

As Richmond continues to reconcile its past and as we necessarily remind ourselves of the 400 year anniversary of the enslavement of Africans on this land, it is no coincidence that the RNM will take place at 17th Street Market.  “We have a lot of history to reckon with. My hope is that – at minimum – we add an additional layer and texture to the history of the space by re-programming and recharging the energy of Shockoe Bottom.”, says Adrienne Cole Johnson, co-creator of the Richmond Night Market.

For more information regarding media/press inquiries, sponsorship opportunities, featured artisans, or additional details, please contact co-creator and media manager Melody Short at 212.518.4776 or via email at [email protected]

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