THIS is no ordinary dinosaur museum.
There are no red ropes you can’t pass or glass keeping artifacts from curious hands.
No, at the travelling National Dinosaur Museum exhibition at Wangaratta yesterday almost everything was in reach, from one of the oldest rocks on the planet to life-sized moving and screeching rubber replicas of dinosaurs.
“It’s better to be able to touch and smell something than to see it through boring glass,” National Dinosaur Museum education manager Phil Hore said after holding a fossilised dinosaur faeces out to Wangaratta West Primary students and asking them to smell it.
It smelled like nothing, but that didn’t stop cries of “Eeeeeww” sounding through the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre.
In celebration of National Science Week, the museum has been touring regional areas.
During the week Mr Hore said one of the exhibited dinosaur bones from the Jurassic era had probably been touched by about 12,000 people.
“It has survived 180 million years so it will probably survive us for a week ... hopefully,” he said.