Jurascope, 2007

Museum of Natural History, Berlin, Germany

In the permanent exhibition at Berlin’s Museum of Natural History, seven Jurascopes — two of them barrier-free —  show how dinosaurs lived in the Jurassic.

When visitors enter the hall, at first they will see the impressive skeletons. The Jurascopes are located at two positions in the dinosaur hall, where all skeletons are clearly visible. By turning the Jurascope, visitors can choose a dinosaur and start the animation: one after the other inner organs, muscles, and skin will appear. Then the animal is brought to its natural habitat and starts moving, feeding and hunting there. Some of the animals are on their own, others in contact with fellows or enemies.

Sounds from the environment and the animal itself contribute to the experience. Each sequence lasts around 30 seconds, then the dinosaur moves back to its former position, freezes and is once more a skeleton in the hall.

Jurascopes are a joint development of ART+COM and WALL AG.