May 22, 8:00 a.m.
As the sun came up this morning over downtown Birmingham, it revealed that strange things had happened at McWane last night. Dinosaur tracks were discovered on the corner of 19th Street and 2nd Ave North. McWane Science Center Security Guard Tony Akins discovered tracks coming out of the museum onto 19th Street. “I was making my rounds, when I noticed the rather large, green footprints coming out of the door.” Despite the evidence that a dinosaur escaped from the museum last night, it was located back on the 2nd floor inside the Alabama Dinosaur exhibit when officials checked this morning.
Tim Ritchie, McWane Science Center President and CEO said, “We have no explanation for where the tracks came from, but we suspect it might have something to do with the opening of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian in the IMAX® Dome Theater today.” McWane Science Center is asking media to alert the public about this strange occurrence. The center is requesting that the public come see Night at the Museum in the IMAX® (May 22 – June 23) and keep an eye on the exhibits in McWane’s museum this summer! McWane is also inviting the public to spend a night in the museum and find out what happens when the lights go out on May 30 & June 6.