If you've driven past the Museum of Idaho, chances are you noticed some orange cones and large equipment. KPVI News the Works for You digs into the new exhibit that signals the end of construction.
It's the largest creature to have ever flown. For a while, it'll call Idaho Falls home.
Cocurator for Darwin & Dinosaurs Angus Carroll says, "It's the first time we've been in Idaho and it's got a lot of things in this exhibit that are the first time they've ever been shown. The large Pterosaur behind us, which is called the Quetzalcoatlus, is 17 feet high standing and has a 34 foot wingspan."
That enormous flying reptile is just one piece of the Darwin & Dinosaurs exhibit that will be on display at the newly expanded Museum of Idaho.
Museum of Idaho Director of Exhibitions Rod Hansen says, "This is an exhibit that we've explored for some time, but we knew we needed to have a fairly significant size to be able to host it. With the expansion, our traveling exhibit hall has grown from 7,500 square feet to 9,000."
All that new space isn't quite ready to host visitors yet. The original entrance to the Museum of Idaho is closed right now and that's because the museum is under going an expansion project. That project will be completed on Saturday September 28; the same day the Darwin & Dinosaurs exhibit opens to the public. A new entrance will welcome visitors as they show up to see the exhibit.
As the public begins to visit the museum, exhibit curators have one goal.
Carroll says, "This exhibit is meant to let people, on their own, see what other people saw, see what scientists saw, see what Darwin saw, see where we are today, and understand more about all the different aspects of evolution."
While visitors learn about Charles Darwin and evolution, there is one piece that's sure to be a hit.
Hansen says, "The Quetzalcoatlus, which was named after a South American deity, I believe the original was found there. It is the largest creature, natural creature, to fly."
Once open, the exhibit will be family friendly. Kids will even be able to play educational games on a touch screen the size of 5,000 iPhones.