Prehistoric sleepover at the museum
Children spent a prehistoric night at the museum with a dinosaur sleepover in Palmerston North.
The city’s Te Manawa museum hosted an event called Pyjamasaurus this month, where children slept alongside the popular Dinosaur Encounter exhibit.
Children also enjoyed activities and a showing of classic movie Jurassic Park.
The dinosaur exhibition has experienced unprecedented levels of popularity since it opened in September, with more than 27,000 people filing through.
Te Manawa spokesman Graeme Beal said they had never had such a popular exhibit.
‘‘We certainly hoped we would see numbers like this.
‘‘I don’t think we expected so many so quickly, particularly in the September school holidays. It was really overwhelming. We appreciate how patient people were.’’
The exhibit was approaching its halfway point and he hoped they could double the numbers before it wraps up in late February. So far about 10,000 people have come through its doors.
‘‘I think for now the most important thing is that as many people as possible get to see it.
‘‘It has been a brilliant surprise and kept us on our toes.’’
It was the first time the exhibit had been held in the Southern Hemisphere and Beal said the ambitious effort had paid off.
‘‘It was a big undertaking for a regional museum. We are really grateful we had so much support from the business community.
‘‘It helped put the city on the map.’’
The cost of freighting the exhibit was about $200,000, which had already been covered.
Beal said they had received good feedback so far.
‘‘People really appreciated that it came all the way from London. They felt really priviledged.’’
Beal said the response to Pyjamasaurus had been incredible.
‘‘Due to the level of interest already, we will also run another one on January 14,’’ he said.
Children and their caregivers also got to enjoy dinner, supper and breakfast at the museum.
Beal said the museum had brought a lot of people through the doors this year with a series of good exhibits.
The Frida Kahlo exhibit had brought in more than 10,000 people, he said.
Tahu Lowe, 7, left, and his brother Niwa Lowe, 9, try to sleep at Te Manawa ahead of the dinosaur sleepover.