Dinosaurs in Motion

Exhibit at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

  • June 9-September 8, 2024
  • Time: 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Gallery by General Motors

Free for members or with museum admission

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The Henry Ford’s newest exhibition is equal parts delight, development, and dinosaurs. Experience prehistoric animals like you’ve never seen before at Dinosaurs in Motion, where you can move or engage with 16 life-size metal dinosaurs. Delight your family by making a T. rex’s jaw open and chomp by using levers and pulleys, or make a Plesiosaurus swim using a touch screen controller. Go beyond the limits of natural history and meet these metal dinosaurs inspired by real fossils and built using recycled materials. This limited-engagement exhibition is designed to be highly interactive.

Discover the art and science on display in Dinosaurs in Motion, including sketching, metalworking, biomechanics, kinetics, and the robotics that breathe life into these sculptures. Explore how your favorite dinosaurs lived and moved, including Ouranosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Diplodocus and many more. Get hands-on with innovation and have fun with this fascinating mix of engineering and sculpture.

The dinosaurs are the work of sculptor John Payne of Asheville, North Carolina, who wanted not just to create scientifically accurate sculptures of dinosaurs, but also to infuse them with kinetics and creativity. He enlisted the help of paleontologist Dr. Mark Norell to confirm the authenticity of the sculptures’ biomechanics. Watch videos about Payne’s artistic vision throughout the exhibition.

Key Experiences:

  • Interact with 16 metal dinosaurs in this unique hands-on experience, great for adults and kids alike.
  • Movable sculptures are Tyrannosaurus Rex, Parasaurolophus, Ouranosaurus, Gastornis (also known as Diatryma), Struthiomimus, Ornithomimus Twins, Plesiosaurus, Deinonychus, Diplodocus (Juvenile), American Crow and Whooping Crane. Stationary sculptures are Pachycephalosaurus Twins, Triceratops and Ankylosaurus.
  • Dinosaurs can be moved by mechanical levers or touch-screen interactive panels.
  • Multiple non-dinosaur-related, hands-on activity stations.
  • Dinosaur gifts, games and apparel curated by The Henry Ford.

Featured Program

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
Saturday, July 13, 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Outside The Gallery by General Motors

Join us as we welcome the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History onsite for a dino-mite program! Their staff will show off dinosaur-related objects from their collections, as well as lead a special “ART-chaeopteryx” craft.

Featured Films at Giant Screen Experience


Daily Documentary

Jurassic Park

Friday, July 19, at 7:00 p.m.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Friday, August 9, at 7:00 p.m.

T. REX | Sensory Friendly

Saturday, August 10, at 10:00 & 11:00 a.m.

The Land Before Time

Saturday, August 10, at 2:00 p.m.

Jurassic World

Friday, August 23, at 7 p.m.

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Use your membership for free admission to Dinosaurs in Motion, and enjoy 12 months of free general admission to the museum and village, plus exclusive savings and perks.

Dinosaurs in Motion - Deinonychus close up

Dinosaurs in Motion

Dinosaurs in Motion - Diplodocus

Dinosaurs in Motion

Dinosaurs in Motion - Ornithomimus

Dinosaurs in Motion

Dinosaurs in Motion - Plesiosaurus

Dinosaurs in Motion

Dinosaurs in Motion - Deinonychus

Dinosaurs in Motion

Ticket Prices

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

    Member Non­member
Senior (62+) Free $32.50
General Admission (12-61) Free $36.00
Youth (5-11) Free $27.00
Children (4 & Under) Free Free

* Seasonal pricing will be in effect throughout the year. The pricing chart reflects the online discount price. There is an additional charge per ticket for purchases made on-site.

The sculptures are the creations of John Payne and Studio Properties LLC.

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Event brought to you by our Sponsors:

Ford Motor Company Fund