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  • Talma Gotteiner

BOTANISAUR: The Hottest Summer Activity in Jerusalem

Hi there,

How did the dinosaurs live and when? What did the earth look like at the time of the dinosaurs? How did they manage among themselves? What animals existed before them and what animals we know today evolved from them? Why did the dinosaurs become extinct and how can we humans explore and discover the most hidden secrets of the dinosaurs? All these questions and more will be answered at the international dinosaur exhibition that has arrived in Jerusalem and will be displayed at the Botanical Garden this summer.

BOTANISAUR: The Hottest Summer Activity in  Jerusalem
My niece taming the beast

WHEN: July 24th-August 31st 2022

WHERE: The Botanical Gardens in Givat Ram, Zalman Shneor 1, Niyot, Jerusalem.

Starting from July 24th until the end of August, the Botanical Garden in Givat Ram in Jerusalem, in collaboration with the Jerusalem Municipality and the Ariel municipal company are inviting the general public, families, children, and adults, to go back in time and view the dinosaurs and their natural environment up close. Coming from Los Angeles, Brussels, and Korea, the exhibition has arrived in Jerusalem.

The children and the adults will be able to enjoy a unique encounter with about 45 interactive dinosaurs in life-size dimensions accompanied by information based on findings found around the world. The dinosaurs, some small and some huge, 7 meters high and 15 meters long, come to life with impressive technology, spread over a route of about a kilometer in the botanical garden.

The Botanisaur takes the guests on a journey of discovery through three different periods in the timeline: Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous, and shows how the dinosaurs evolved and how they integrated into the environment and among their kind.

Throughout the route, the children will be able to solve a riddle that connects the wonderful world of the dinosaurs with the world we find ourselves in today. The children will get to know the plants that grew during the time of the dinosaurs, what they ate, and learn how today they can take part in preserving nature, and protecting endangered plants.

In addition, it will be possible to enjoy a variety of activities in the garden, a craft corner and a workshop, an excavation complex where the children can dig in the sand and discover dinosaur bones, a playful water complex, the tropical greenhouse, and the international art exhibition of augmented reality.

There is also a solo exhibition by the artist Ayala Netzer (Curator: Gabi Hamburg Pima | Soundtrack: Amir Gruman) that is on display till August 19th entitled "In the absence of any other motive, beauty is a reason to live" and on August 4th, she will lead a workshop for children entitled "Drawing flowers with your finger" at 16:00.

Last, but not least, in the garden, there is a photo area where you can take pictures of the kids riding on dinosaurs or hatching from large dinosaur eggs.

The University Botanical Garden in Givat Ram is a gem of nature in the heart of Jerusalem. The garden operates as an educational and research center and contains a diverse collection of plants from all over the world in a geographical display. The garden is a center for recreation, tourism, and cultural events and is a center for education, training, and research. This is the largest botanical garden in Israel. Its area covers 120 acres and has the largest collection of living plants in Israel and the Middle East. Over 7,000 species and varieties of different plants from around the world grow in the garden, displayed in six geographical sections (Southern Africa, Europe, North America, Australia, Southwest, Central Asia, and the Mediterranean). The garden plots simulate the plant landscapes of each region and present spectacular flowering shows throughout the year.

The Mayor of Jerusalem, Mr. Moshe Leon: "Jerusalem, the capital of culture, invites you to enjoy a wide variety of events for all members of the family, such as the one that will take place in the largest botanical garden in Israel, the rich and special pearl of nature in our beloved city. The Municipality of Jerusalem will provide residents and visitors with a summer full of excellent events. I urge everyone to come to Jerusalem, experience the most beautiful city in the world, and enjoy all the abundance of attractions that only it can offer."


Botanisaur Opening Hours: 24.7 - 31.8 - Sun-Thurs: 09:00-19:00 (last entry will be possible until 18:00), Friday 09:00-15:00.

Cost: The regular card from 2yrs and up - 89 NIS, promotions at all 1+ 1 credit companies.

Discounted tickets are available for Jerusalem card holders, the security forces clubs, and through other committees.

For details and to order tickets: *6226 and through the website.

Ayala Netzer's Solo Exhibition will be open throughout July until Aug 19th, Sunday 10:00 - 13:00, Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 17:00, Friday 9:00 - 14:00, and Saturday 09:00 - 15:00.



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