We need you to know the “Why?” behind Fossils Dinosaurium.
Why another dinosaur museum? And why create it using a crowdfunding platform? It’s quite a story.
Founder Russ Moore has been a dinosaur fan since his childhood, when he lived in Toronto, Canada and visited the Royal Ontario Museum on a regular basis. His first destination in the museum was the awe-inspiring, majestic dinosaur display. Some day, he wanted to play a bigger part in bringing dinosaur history to the public.
A year and a half ago, Moore felt the time was right to begin in earnest. He assembled a team of interested partners and thus, Fossils Dinosaurium was born.
Rather than apply for funding from a government agency or educational institution, Moore chose the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform to raise the needed advance cash for this major undertaking.
“Private investors would require giving up ownership of a major portion of the business,” said Moore. “Banks want equity. Until crowdfunding came along, there were tens of thousands of ordinary people with incredible ideas that no one would listen to because they didn’t have the cash. Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other crowdfunding platforms are one of the great innovations of the 21st century. It allows average people to do above average things.”
Besides being innovative by using crowdfunding to generate seed money, Fossils Dinosaurium itself will be an innovative museum experience for everyone. We’ve taken a unique perspective on natural history – dinosaurs – and as much as the public worldwide has been educated and entertained through museums, movies and things about dinosaurs, there is a substantial lack of actual dinosaur museums in the world. We recognized this void that no one else has to this point.
Most museums that have dinosaur displays do not have that many real fossils. Museums purchase fossil replicas from casting companies. If only one or two full body skeletons of T-Rex exist, and ten museums want it, replicas are the logical route to go. This is what Fossils Dinosaurium plans to do.
We believe so strongly in the quality of these museum replicas that we are offering them to our Indiegogo backers as perks. If you make a donation, you will receive your fossil replica. The initial size of the Fossils Dinosaurium museum will depend on how many donors take this journey with us, but whatever the result, every donor WILL RECEIVE their designated fossil replica perk.
WIN A FOSSIL REPLICA: Help support Fossils Dinosaurium – the Making of a Museum – by being part of the excitement! Follow this blog, make a comment or ask a question and your name will be entered in a draw to win one of 25 replica dinosaur artifacts, shipping and handling included. One name will be drawn for the grand prize Bone Crushing Dog Skull, and 12 each of a Trilobite and an Allosaurus claw will be drawn. Draw will be October 1, 2017. Winners will be notified by email.
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