Fukui Prefectural Facility, Closed Until May 6th In Response to COVID-19
On April 10th, the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, which was scheduled to be temporarily closed until April 19th in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), announced that it has extended its closure to May 6th, in line with the Government of Japan’s declaration of a state of emergency.
The Dinosaur Quarry (an outdoor museum attraction), which was scheduled to open from April 23rd of this year, will also be temporarily closed until May 6th. The museum has stopped accepting tour reservations until that day. Approximately 1,500 customers who had already made reservations have been notified of the suspension through email.
Up to this point, Fukui Prefecture had announced the closure of 45 prefectural facilities, including the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, until April 19th. But with many visitors from the areas which have been declared in a state of emergency by the government, the museum announced an extension of its closure, independent form the other prefectural facilities. Fukui Prefecture will bring the other prefectural facilities under discussion, based on how the COVID-19 situation continues from this point onward.
Researchers Publish Videos on Their Favourite Specimens
Although the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is temporarily closed, due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), researchers at the museum have published videos on the internet, talking about their favourite specimens.
The project is so that children who love dinosaurs can have a museum experience while staying at home. There are fifteen roughly 3-minute videos in the series, of a researcher talking about their favourite or most recommended specimen. In addition, there are also videos of researchers and reporters going around exhibits unveiled as recently as April 4th, including the skull of a Brachiosaurus and a complete skeleton of a Probactrosaurus.
“We wish for visitors, who plan to visit, to learn about the highlights of this museum” said a Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum researcher.
At the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Costumed Model Dinosaurs
On November 29th, at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, a full-size model of the Fukuisaurus appears on exhibit, dressed as Santa Claus. As an homage to the exciting 2019 Rugby World Cup, which was hosted in Japan, the Fukuisaurus is holding what appears to be a rugby ball, and ready to make a pass. Although a bit early, it has been dressed up for a Christmas feel.
This has been a yearly project since 2012. The full length of the Fukuisaurus is 4.7 meters, and at 2.3 meters in height. Donning a red hat and cape, as well as a white beard, it has transformed into a “Dinosaur Santa”. During the excitement of the Rugby World Cup, the museum created its own rugby team called “Dinosaurs”. The museum featured a scene where a player is making an “offload pass” while being tackled.
On the 29th, 13 kindergarteners, invited from the local Minami Kodomo-En, attended the unveiling of the model dinosaur and the decorated Christmas tree. When everything was lit up, the children exclaimed things like “Cool!” and “It’s so pretty!” in delight. There was also a dance and music performance. The exhibit will be until December 24. During this period, the museum shop and restaurant will feature items and menus with a Christmas theme.