The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels is set to throw a party for ‘Ben’ the plateosaurus after it crowdsourced the funding to assemble and install the herbivorous dinosaur skeleton in the museum.
The event will take place on Friday 21 April from 7-11 pm in the museum’s Dinosaur Gallery and will feature music, a graffiti display and an auction. It took the institute just two weeks to publicly raise the funds to display the five-metre-long plateosaurus with the money going towards the tailor-made metallic structure, the construction of a podium and educative support.
When ‘Ben’ goes on display it will be the first time that the museum has added a new dinosaur to its gallery for over 100 years. Made of over 200 pieces, it has taken the museum’s palaeontology laboratory nine months to reconstruct the 210 million-year-old dinosaur. Among the items going up for auction are a cast of Ben’s talon and a cast of Ben’s skull; a selection of Conz collectable Dino stamps signed by the artist; professional photographs taken in the museum; several artworks by Propaganza and five original caricatures by Gal.
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Entry for the PlateoNIGHT event is priced at €25, but is free for those under 12 years old. ‘Ben’ takes his name from Dr Ben Papst, the palaeontologist who discovered the skeleton at a quarry in Frick, Switzerland. As well as a number of rooms that covers minerals, shells, insects, fossils, birds and the evolution of mankind, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences hosts temporary exhibitions. The museum is currently hosting a display called Poison, which focuses on venomous creatures. The gallery is also being renovated as a new room that focuses on biodiversity and ecology is being built.
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