Lafayette Science museum is a different trip each time
There’s always something new and exciting going on at the Lafayette Science Museum & Planetarium! So, if you think you’ve already done the place, think again and bring the family back in. Here are just a few highlights.
Over a three-year period, this ever-changing exhibit — created in conjunction with the UL Lafayette Geoscience Department — gives museum goers an up-close-and-personal look at prehistoric animals, 600 square feet at a time. It started out in 2014 with the Triassic-Jurassic Period, then changed over to the Cretaceous Period last year.
If you missed the Cretaceous exhibit, it’s still on display through about mid-March, so hurry! Saturday, April 2, the final installment, the Cenozoic Period, opens.
“This will be the best of all three,” said museum curator Kevin Krantz. “This is when mammals took over from the dinosaurs. It will be a climactic finish to the trilogy!”
Also working its way into this exhibit is the Megatylopus (giant camel) currently AT THIS VERY MOMENT being unearthed by UL students in Oregon under the leadership of world-renowned paleontologist James Morgan, Ph.D., with funding from the museum! The largest specimen of this kind in the world, more and more pieces of its skeleton go on display as they are uncovered. Pretty cool!
The Academy of Interactive Entertainment and Lafayette Science Museum created this 6-station gaming center on LSM’s first and second floors. This unique gaming center generates crowds with lightning-fast computers, high-resolution monitors and sound emitters that allow the participant to hear the gaming audio without disrupting the audio from neighboring stations.
“This is a permanent exhibit here that changes and grows as time goes on,” explained Krantz. “More and more games are added as they are developed. And people love it because it’s interactive.”
Science Museum Giant Fossils
An extinct and large genus of terrestrial herbivore the family Camelidae, endemic to North America from the Miocene through Late Pliocene-Early Pleistocene eras.
It looks like a real aquarium. It feels like a real aquarium. But, it is in fact NOT a real aquarium.
Developed in partnership with the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise, or LITE, the fish in this exhibit even respond to taps on the glass by visitors much as their real, live counterparts might. It’s a “must see to believe” kind of thing.