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National Museum of the US Air Force opens Dinosaurs in Motion exhibition

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  • By Lisa Riley

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force presents its latest special exhibit, Dinosaurs in Motion, from Feb. 17 – May 13, 2024.

Dinosaurs in Motion is a new, interactive, engaging STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) exhibition that will engage and educate visitors of all ages with 14 magnificent, fully interactive, recycled life-size metal dinosaur sculptures inspired by actual fossils.

The exhibition reinforces experiential learning, as every dinosaur is available for visitors to touch and move. Visitors will have the unique ability to manipulate dinosaurs via lever and pulley systems, as well as with remote controls, offering large-scale dinosaur interaction unprecedented in a museum setting. Additionally, visitors will be able to test out their own artistic creativity and newfound technological inspiration with hands-on activities at the Innovation Stations, where they can create a variety of art and science projects of their own.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring another interactive and unique exhibit to the museum,” said David Tillotson, III, Director of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. “Within our mission is to inspire and educate students in the STEM fields, and these special exhibits combine those principles giving students the opportunity to expand how they think about science, technology, engineering, math and the arts.”

Through video and interactives, visitors will walk away with master artist John Payne's inspiring message: "If you can dream it, you can do it." The exhibition is one that inspires guests to learn, discover and create.

“Dinosaurs in Motion is the most unique dinosaur exhibition touring right now. No other exhibition using the dinosaur brand offers this level of interactivity in the areas of STEAM,” said Tom Zaller, CEO and President of Imagine Exhibitions. “We are excited to present these incredible works of art in a tactile way that really speaks to the most important educational topics in our culture.”

Dinosaurs in Motion is free and open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 13.

Created by Imagine Exhibitions, Inc., Dinosaurs in Motion, is made possible by generous support from Dayton Aerospace through its partnership with the Air Force Museum Foundation. (Federal Endorsement Not Implied).

About the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year thousands of visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit                  

About Imagine Exhibitions

Imagine Exhibitions is currently producing over 40 unique exhibitions globally in museums, science centers, zoos, integrated resorts, and non-traditional venues, with millions of people around the world visiting our exhibitions each year. In addition to developing successful traveling exhibitions, Imagine Exhibitions designs, opens, and operates permanent installations and venues, and consults on building, expanding, and directing museums and attractions. With decades of diverse experience in the museum and entertainment industries, Imagine Exhibitions consistently develops exhibitions that educate and excite while exceeding attendance goals. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook.

About the Air Force Museum Foundation

The Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., was founded in 1960 as a Section 501 (c)(3) non­profit organization "to assist the United States Air Force Museum where federal funds are not available." Since it was chartered, it has gifted nearly $100 million in support of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force™, including the cost of constructing 94% of the one-million-square-foot Museum campus. The Foundation is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components, and it has no government status. The use of the Roundel image in the Foundation's logo is with the permission of the United States Air Force; endorsement by the Department of Defense or the United States Air Force in fundraising activities of the Foundation is not intended nor implied pursuant to DoDI 5535.12. For more information on the Air Force Museum Foundation, visit                                                   

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.