Ground to be broken Monday on $5 million T-Rex Science Center in Charleston

Ground will be broken Monday on a $5 million T-Rex Science Center on Bigley Avenue in Charleston. (WCHS/WVAH)

Ground will be broken soon on a new science center in Charleston that will call the West Side home.

The T-Rex Science Center will focus on dinosaurs and fossils. It will be located at 1007 Bigley Ave. in the old Purity Bakery Building.

The $5 million project will feature a prehistoric walk with 18 full dinosaur replicas, hundreds of fossils an arcade and theater.

Organizers said the plan is to focus exhibits around science and mathematics.

Visitors will be able to compare the sizes of human and dinosaur bones, use puzzle pieces to build a dinosaur and dig for fossils.

"We're hoping to bring education and hands-on science exhibits and interactive exhibits for the children,” said Scott Breeden with the center.

Breeden said the inspiration for the center can be traced back to last fall when he and a third generation stone mason found a fossil.

“In finding that and trying to identify it, we ended up with the state paleontologist and geologist in order to identify it. It was identified as a 400-million-year-old prehistoric tree. He and I started talking, and we ended up in the dinosaur business,”

The ground-breaking ceremony and reception is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at the Bigley Avenue location.

Organizers hope to open the center to the public in August.

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