Art and paleontology enthusiasts will enjoy a unified experience at Lancaster’s North Museum of Natural History & Science. The museum’s new exhibit, “Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway,” with artist Ray Troll and paleontologist Kirk Johnson, features fossils and how they show the Earth’s past. Troll’s friend, Millersville’s Dr. Dominique Dagit, biology, was recently on hand at the museum to give a ratfish demonstration among the exhibit.

Dagit was invited to display her ratfish and give a hands-on workshop for kids on February 12.  In addition, Dagit recently received University funding for “Scholars in the Classroom” and will bring Troll to Millersville’s campus, March 15, to spend the day with her classes.

Artwork by Ray Troll

The museum’s exhibit features 20 framed pieces of Troll’s artwork, which were created for a book describing a 5,000-mile trip through the West to explore fossils. The exhibition uses visuals and stories from the book with real fossil specimens from the museum’s paleontology collection.

Visitors are also able to dig for dinosaur clues, try on fossilized footprints and participate in a Hamburger Hunt.

The “Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway” exhibit runs now through May 1. The North Museum of Natural History & Science is located at 400 College Ave. in Lancaster, Pa. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $6.50 for juniors, ages 3-17 and seniors, ages 65 and over. The museum is free for children under three years old.

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