Virtual and Pre-historic Collide at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Looking down from above the trees, you see a plant-eater. From a T-Rex's vantage point, he looks like lunch, and that is what he becomes. Running, you crush all in your path and attack. Finally, you have won.

In this day and age, people love their electronic devices, and Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum has combined this love of technology with history. "Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous," an interactive exhibit, allows museum visitors to view the world from a dinosaur's eyes.

"Small children can ride in a vehicle, bumping into dinosaurs as they go up and down hills," said Thea Haugen, Discovery Room manager. Older children, teens and adults can roam the earth searching for plants or prey, storm through the brush and crush all in their paths.

This exhibit gives an invitation to experience the life of a dinosaur instead of looking at it from the outside. It also includes the traditional exhibits that display reconstructions of dinosaurs, their skeletons and various other animals.

"Be the Dinosaur" can be seen at the Sternberg now through Sept. 1. For more information, call 785-628-5517 or go to

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