The Field Museum in Chicago has announced a $5.5 million gift from hedge fund billionaire Kenneth C. Griffin in support of a new dinosaur exhibition.
The gift from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund will fund "Antarctic Dinosaurs," an exhibition featuring newly discovered dinosaur species alongside some of the first scientific specimens collected in Antarctica at the turn of the twentieth century. Scheduled to open in Chicago in the summer of 2018, followed by a five-year tour across North America starting in 2019, the exhibition will focus on the era nearly two hundred million years ago when Antarctica was wooded, lush, and part of the Pangaea supercontinent, showcasing species such as Cryolophosaurus, a 25-foot-long specimen that is the largest and most complete Early Jurassic theropod in the world, while shedding new light on dinosaur evolution and Earth's changing climate and geology. The funds also will support new educational programming related to dinosaurs, including an immersive video game.
Griffin, the founder and CEO of Citadel, donated $5 million to the museum in 2006 for the "Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet," an interactive exhibit featuring dinosaurs within the larger context of evolution and environmental change.
"We are incredibly fortunate to have a world-class institution like the Field Museum in Chicago," said Griffin. "This important institution provides visitors from around the world with unparalleled opportunities to experience and learn about our planet and its history."