Since Titanoboa: Monster Snake slithered into the Elephant Hall at the University of Nebraska State Museum-Lincoln in February, the stunning 48-foot long scale replica of the prehistoric predator has fascinated visitors and delighted the museum staff with monster loads of media coverage and record-breaking attendance numbers.
Over 1,200 people viewed the exhibit on opening day alone. The next day brought a line out the door and around the building for those attending the “Sunday with a Scientist-Titanoboa” program led by Dr. Jason Head, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology and part of the team that made the once-in-a-lifetime discovery of Titanoboa cerrejonesis. The Museum, which was recently designated a Smithsonian Affiliate, is now planning a virtual tour of the exhibit to reach even more students across the state.
“The Titanoboa: Monster Snake exhibit has brought a lot of life into the museum. As I was walking the halls this morning there was a grandpa, two elementary classrooms, a couple of moms, and at least one rather-concerned looking toddler checking out the snake! (No one will say it, but I think our elephants are kind of jealous . . .!)” -Annie Mumgaard, Museum Educator, Univ. of Nebraska State Museum
Interested in bringing Titanoboa (and the crowds) to your museum? Check out this cool time lapse video to see Titanoboa come to life.