The Jurassic Museum, New Zealand's Dinosaur & Fossil Museum
The Jurassic Museum, New Zealand's Dinosaur & Fossil Museum
Do you want a dinosaur museum permanently located in New Plymouth? Stand with giants! Educational, Interactive & Tourist Attraction.
Do you want a dinosaur museum permanently located in New Plymouth? Stand with giants! Educational, Interactive & Tourist Attraction. Read more
We are creating a Dinosaur Fossil Museum in Taranaki, a permanent attraction for all of New Zealand to enjoy.
ABOUT US: Ontrac Limited T/A The Jurassic Museum is a Not-For-Profit museum. This means all our profits go back into making the museum bigger and better. We want to create a location in New Plymouth, Taranaki that will be an asset to the community and all Taranaki schools.
Where Will The Jurassic Museum Be Located? New Plymouth (Taranaki, New Zealand). There are 3 potential vacant sites in New Plymouth's CBD that would be perfect for The Jurassic Museum. Our goal is also add to the flavour of our vibrant CBD. We are also looking at a couple of locations in and around "The Valley".
Which building we will choose is dependent on which goal is reached and how big we can make the final collection of dinosaur fossil casts from this campaign.
Why The Jurassic Museum?
The short answer... Dinosaurs are awe inspiring & Taranaki is a stunning region. Having a Dinosaur Museum in Taranaki is like a perfect marriage.
The long answer...When I was younger and staying with my grandparents at their farm on the Manukau Heads, my grandfather came to to us excited and said there was a T-Rex on display at the Auckland Museum.
My grandfather was a true-blue farmer and never travelled into the city, in fact he avoided it due to the traffic congestion, crowds etc. Now he was excited about going into Auckland's CBD...to see dinosaurs. He loved the experience and so did I - It was also the only time my grandfather ever saw a Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil in his lifetime.
I want to recreate the same sort of experience here in Taranaki, where families can see something they usually would have to travel abroad to see; to create memories for kiwi's and to be a major draw card for the region like it was for my grandfather back then.
What Will the Museum have?
- Fossil Casts of Dinosaurs from around the world
- Local Taranaki fossil content
- IPad Information Kiosks & Interactive hands-on Displays
- School Tours
- An informative and fun website
- The Museum Shop
- Frequently added new displays
Casts of 'Stan' can be found in some of the world's finest museums including, Manchester Museum, The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C .....and with your support... The Jurassic Museum in New Zealand.
Goal Level 1 $250,000
At this level we will create an exciting and entertaining museum with dozens of exhibits each with informative display panels. Our planned exhibits at this level:
- Camarasaurus Leg (see above)
- 2 Deinonychus Raptor skeletons displayed hunting prey
- 5 Psittacosaurus skeletons in a herd layout
- Velociraptor Skeleton
- Apatosaurus Giant Femur 6 foot tall
- Allosaurus Skull
- Triceratops Skull
- Stegosaurus Skull
- Velociraptor vs. Protoceratops fossilised in fight to the death
- Dozens of Dinosaur teeth (T-Rex, Camarasaurus, Giganotsaurus, Spinosaurus and many more)
- Dozens of Dinosaur Claws (Acrocanthosaurus, Dromaeosaurus, Megaraptor, Utahraptor, Therizinosaurus and more)
- Dozens of Dinosaur bones (Albertosaurus, Hadrosaurus, Oviraptor, Iguanodon, Stegosaurus and more)
- NZ Fossil display - We are aiming for New Zealand's largest collection of Taranaki fossils.
Goal Level 2 $900,000
Our 1st stretch goal is $900,000 and at this level The Jurassic Museum becomes the museum of giants...
- Everything from Level 1
- 'Stan' the T-Rex Skeleton
- A Triceratops Skeleton
- Dinosaur Eggs and Skin & plus much more
- Interactive Video Wall
Goal Level 3 $2,500,000
- Everything from Level 1 & 2
- A bigger and better museum building
To show our appreciation for your support in getting The Jurassic Museum up and running we have arranged the following rewards for your pledges:
Pledge $50 and receive a Family Pass to The Jurassic Museum. We will also give you a small packet of fossil fragments as a token of our appreciation. Contents of each fossil packet are different and each fragment is identified.
If you have ever ventured into Puke Ariki in New Plymouth, then you know "Meg" the Megalodon is a favourite for kids to have photos with. Even though Megalodon's aren't dinosaurs, they are pretty cool and if you pledge $1,500 towards The Jurassic Museum we will reward you with a real Megalodon tooth like you would see in a museum (a real deal, authentic tooth!)
Flexing your corporate muscle and supporting a project that will benefit all kiwis and in particular Taranaki School Children requires a reward... recognition. Pledge $5,000+ and your company logo goes on our museum sponsor plaque, website and in a full page Taranaki Daily News feature.
* If you require a GST Tax Invoice for your pledge we will provide one.
Rewards - Authentic Fossils. Our supplier has told us it will take 30 days to collect the reward fossils from across the USA. Including postage times we anticipate rewards will be dispatched from us to our backers by the end of May 2018. We will email regular updates to all our pledge supporters.
The Museum - The bigger casts take up to 6 months to complete so we anticipate opening the doors of The Jurassic Museum in October 2018. We will be emailing regular updates from the campaign completion to and beyond the opening of the doors.
Structure of the Business: Our business name is Ontrac Limited T/A The Jurassic Museum. Company number: 6250287 NZBN: 9429045995576
Components of the Museum: The Jurassic Museum consists of a Museum Shop and The Museum itself.
Will There Only be Fossil Casts from the Jurassic Period? Though the name of the museum is The 'Jurassic' Museum, we plan to have fossils and casts from the entire "Mesozoic Era" (the age of the dinosaurs). The name chosen for the museum is easily recognizable by the public as being 'dinosaurs'.
Paid Admission: Because The Jurassic Museum will be self funded after our campaign (thanks to you and other backers) we will be charging for admission.
Admission Prices will be $7.50 for Children, $15 for Adults and $35-$40 for Families.
Museum Profits: My goal is to make this the biggest and best dinosaur and fossil museum in New Zealand so ongoing profits (after paying operating costs and wages etc) will be used to buy more fossil displays and interactive features.
I believe strongly in giving back. As the museum grows I will also use profits to benefit the community.
Casts not Originals: Most museums around the world display 'casts' of dinosaurs due to the rarity of some species and costs. For example the real 'Sue' the T-Rex sold for US$8.3 million (with auctioneer fees) to The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, not everyone can afford the real deal.
As a side point: In 2008 a cast (replica) of Sue was on display at Puke Ariki, New Plymouth, for 99 days. During that time 34,900 people went to see Sue, from as far as Wellington.
Where possible the fossils we have lined up for The Jurassic Museum are cast off the originals and are indistinguishable from the original and scientifically accurate.
Over time we will be adding authentic fossils to our collection. Each display in the museum will be labeled as either a 'cast' or 'original'.
New Zealand Museum Standards Scheme: As part of our planning process our goal is to undertake a self-review and submission to the New Zealand Museum Standards Scheme. This self-review is undertaken by The Jurassic Museum to achieve standards in managing our collections, public services, visitors and resources.
Do you feel inspired? Excited? Motivated?
Please spread the word through social media, email, texting, carrier pigeon, phone, Morse Code, sky writing, signal flags ... oh yeah! and please donate if you can, this project will only happen with your support.
Risks and challenges
The T-Rex and Triceratops are cast from the original skeletons and the end result is indistinguishable from the original, we have been given a time frame of up to 6 months to land in NZ.
Our suppliers have worked with many very distinguished museums around the world and know the importance of quality and deadlines.
While the smaller fossil casts and originals will be ready by the end of April 2018.
We have set an opening date of the museum as October 2018. This date includes a buffer period for any speed bumps we might hit on the way. If we do hit a 'speed bump' we will get the message out to our backers and communicate with them openly and honestly.
During the complete production and set up process we will be doing regular updates on Facebook and sending email updates to our backers.
We plan to keep our backers informed during the journey.
Potential changes in our "Goal Levels" inventory list may be made during the period of the campaign ending and opening day. This may because of a variety of factors including, supply & production issues or logistic issues.
We will endeavor to make The Jurassic Museum exciting and rewarding to all our visitors and during the 'build' process we will be updating regularly our backers on changes, improvements and milestones.
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