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Mastodons Stomp Into County Museum

6/11/2016 - Mastodons Stomp Into County Museum

Event date June 11, 2016

Did you know that three entirely different kinds of huge prehistoric elephants used to make their homes in Southern California? A new exhibit in San Bernardino County Museums hall of geology and paleontology will introduce visitors to the largest of the large Ice Age mammals when Mastodons! opens on Saturday, June 11. A special preview party for Museum members is slated for Friday, June 10.

Great things are happening at the County museum, commented Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. It is a great place to engage in the cultural and natural heritage of our county. I encourage you to bring your family and friends to learn more about the prehistoric elephants that roamed our region millions of years ago and to also enjoy the new displays available in the Geology Gallery.

Mastodons, mammoths, and gomphotheres entered North America millions of years ago and roamed throughout the continent until the end of the Ice Age, when they became extinct along with other large mammals including camels, giant ground sloths, and saber-toothed cats. Now, a full-size mastodon mother and calf will greet Museum patrons as they enter the geology hall, along with new information about prehistoric elephants in the region. The mastodons help round out the Life to Death to Discovery diorama that culminates in a recreated dig to recover mastodon fossils.

Until youve stood next to a mastodon, you have no idea just how huge these animals were, said Melissa Russo, the museums director. Once kids get a chance to get up close and personal with a mastodon, were sure theyll be excited to continue to explore, dream, and discover more about fossils and about our regional natural heritage.

Museum Association members can enjoy an exhibit preview along with a barbecue picnic and screening of Ice Age on Friday evening, June 10. This family party is also open to people who join the Museum Association before that date as one of the many benefits of museum membership, including free museum admission, exhibit previews, discounts, and the knowledge that membership helps support museum programs and operations.

Mastodons!, and the County Museums other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Needlework demonstrations are is included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.



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