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Kids design their own dinosaurs at Progreso’s new meteorite museum

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Progreso’s Museo del Meteorito has finally opened. Photo: Courtesy

Yucatán’s meteorite museum — formally called the Museo del Meteorito — officially opened Tuesday.

It features five mega dinosaur sculptures between eight and nine meters high: the Monster of Aramberri or Pliosaur, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Quetzalcóatlus Nortrophi, Mosasaurus, and the Parasaurolophus dinosaurs are all life-size.

The museum has interactive exhibits that tell the story of the famous Chicxulub crater. The crater formed when a meteor hit the Yucatán Peninsula 66 million years ago, ending the age of the dinosaur.

The museum opening day was extremely well-attended, with families waiting in long lines to get in.

It was obvious that not all work is finished. Several dinosaur figures are yet to be fully installed. 

The not-quite-finished Yucatán meteorite museum — formally called the Museo del Meteorito — officially opened Tuesday. Photo: Carlos van der Gracht de Rosado

The museum’s construction and equipment cost 1.9 million pesos in federal and state funds.

Eight rooms use virtual and augmented reality technology to take visitors on a journey through 14 billion years of the planet’s history and its interaction with the universe.

Among activities for kids, digital tablets allow visitors to design their own dinosaurs.

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