Tampa's 'Big John' triceratops fossil opens to the public on Friday

It's new home is at Glazer Children's Museum.

click to enlarge Tampa's 'Big John' triceratops fossil opens to the public on Friday
Photo via Glazer Children's Museum
It’s finally time for the world’s largest triceratops fossil to come to life in downtown Tampa.

“Big John”—26-feet long and 10-feet-tall—has been under construction at the hands of a lunch-loving, wicked-funny and brilliant group of Italian paleontologists since the beginning of the year. He’s the centerpiece of a new Glazer Children's Museum exhibit that takes viewers into the Late Cretaceous period, complete with tunnels, interactive elements and more.

The Glazer Children’s Museum museum even waived its requirement that adults be accompanied by a kid to enter.

Big John opens on Friday, May 26 and is included with museum admission to Tampa's Glazer Children's Museum, but registration will be required for the timed visitation with the fossil. Subscribe to Creative Loafing newsletters.

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