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SNEAK PEEK: A look inside the Burpee Museum newest exhibit


Eight years after the Burpee Museum's amazing find Homer is almost ready to meet the public. That is about a week away from happening but before that 13News got a behind-the-scenes look at the new exhibit.


"After several years of finding Homer, excavating Homer, preparing all of Homer's bones, we are finally going to have it on display here," says Scott Williams, Burpee Museum, directors of exhibits and science.


Homer was discovered in 2005 by a Burpee Museum volunteer who found part of the triceratops' rib and leg bones in the side of a hill in Hell Creek, Montana.


"The cool thing about Homer is that Homer is a sub-adult or a teenager. He has a little bit of growing to do. When you come see him he's going to look really big, he's about the size of a bison. But a full grown triceratops can be 30 feet long, about 7 or 8 feet tall at the hip and probably would have weighed around 6 tons in life," says Williams.


With just a week left until the unveiling, the museum staff is hard at work finishing the exhibit. Part of it includes a glimpse into who Homer probably hung out with.


"We have this really cool mural and competent which shows you what the Hell Creek environment was like 66 million years ago. So we've got fossil crocodiles, fossil turtles, fossil turtles, some other dinosaurs in there and it's a scene that would depict what Homer would have seen day to day when Homer was alive," says Williams.


The museum did not forget about Homer's ancestors. One of the walls include a half dozen other horned dinosaur skulls.


"What we are creating is a world you can immerse yourself in. Walk in here you can see Jane, you can come around the corner see Homer and what makes a triceratops a triceratops and everything else that we have found so far and creating a comprehensive snapshot of the late Cretaceous right up to when the dinosaurs go extinct," says Williams.


The homer exhibit is unveiled Thursday night, June 27th, to a special group of museum guests and volunteers who helped with the dig. The public can see it starting at 10 a.m. Saturday June 29th.

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