Victoria College’s Museum of the Coastal Bend will present its new “Weird and Wonderful Prehistoric Mammals” exhibit to the public Friday.

Museum of the Coastal Bend members can attend a preview reception on from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The temporary exhibit, which is scheduled to remain on display at the museum until Jan. 25, 2020, will provide information on the mammals’ lifestyles, adaptations and interactions with early peoples. The exhibit will also offer a “touch table” with fossilized bones.

“We are excited to unveil this unique exhibit,” said Sue Prudhomme, VC’s executive director of cultural affairs. “I am sure many residents of Victoria and the surrounding area will be surprised to know that many of these mammals once made their home here in the Crossroads region.”

“The exhibit is engaging for anyone interested in ancient animals,” said Elizabeth Neucere, exhibits and collections manager for the Museum of the Coastal Bend. “With a wide-ranging narrative, the exhibit covers Texas’ prehistoric terrain, the diversity of mammals in both size and shape, and mass extinction among other topics.”

The museum will offer a “Hands-On Mammal Madness” event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

“Visitors will also be able to create their own prehistoric mammals, see how they measure up to a giant ground sloth, identify the differences in mammal strides, and collect trading cards on different ancient mammals,” Neucere said.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is on Victoria College’s Main Campus, 2200 E. Red River St. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is pay-what-you-want.

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