Our upcoming Stego Mania event, which will take place on Saturday, May 19th, 2018, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM is a welcome to the newest and most high-tech member of our cast skeleton collection, the mighty and beloved Stegosaurus. As the event name implies, Stego Mania will celebrate the arrival of our brand-new Stegosaurus display, which was custom-built for us by Mike Triebold of Triebold Paleontology, Inc., a world leader in dinosaur casts and the builder of the RGDE’s entire cast-skeleton collection, this one using cutting-edge scanning and printing technologies. Impressively, Triebold was granted permission from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to create a three-dimensional digital scan of the fossil bones, which was discovered by famed paleontologist Fred Kessler in Colorado’s Garden Park Fossil Area in 1936, not far from the RGDE. “I believe that this is the first dinosaur skeleton in the world to have been completely made from 3-D scanning and printing,” said Triebold of the life-sized casting.
All told, this project took two years to complete and represents one of the crown jewels in our collection. Once unveiled, the unique Stegosaurus casting will reside on its own custom-built permanent display on the southwestern corner of our Main Museum Exhibit Hall.
Stego Mania festivities are slated to kick-off on Saturday, May 19 at 1:00PM with the official unveiling of our highly anticipated new Stegosaurus cast, followed by a presentation about the skeleton’s high-tech creation process from its builder, Mike Triebold. Next up, Diana Biggs, one of the RGDE’s Adventure Guides and resident dinosaur experts, will present “Stego 101” for kids (ages 4 and up) in the museum’s Kids Interactive Area. We will also be making Stegosaurus-themed crafts on our patio with our younger guests (aged 4-12), and providing light refreshments for everyone; additionally, food trucks will be on hand to sell heartier fare, and all Stegosaurus-related items in our gift shop will be 15% off during regular business hours of 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Finally, we will be handing out RGDE giveaways during the event.