The exhibit was originally scheduled to close on June 12. However, in response to ongoing and enthusiastic interest by the public, the county’s Department of Regional Parks and Open Space has decided to keep it open for a few weeks into the summer months.
“Seeing life-sized creatures from prehistory and legend moving and making noise is a fascinating experience for children,” museum curator Kristy Lide said. “I think it really helps them to understand how people without modern scientific knowledge would come up with the concept of dragons to explain the discovery of dinosaur remains.”
The exhibit explores both myth and fact to try and explain why people thought what they did about dragons. To do that, the museum has been turned into a time machine that takes visitors back through the age of the dinosaur and then to the royal courts of medieval Europe and Asia to see how different dragon beliefs and culture emerged in different parts of the world.
More than a dozen animatronic creatures join a colorful array of knights, ladies, samurais and kings to help illustrate the fascinating relationship between dinosaurs and the legendary dragons of the Middle Ages.
“What we’ve learned from this exhibit supports the old adage that experience becomes memory, memory becomes legend and legend becomes fact,” Lide said.
The Wilbur D. May Museum is inside Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, located at 1595 N. Sierra St. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission costs $8 for adults, $7 for children under 18 and seniors 62 and over and $6 per person for groups of 15 or more.