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The Berkshire Museum's Stegosaurus was produced by Louis Paul Jonas Studios. It was made from the same mold as the statue that was displayed at the New York World's Fair in 1964. That original statue is now located in Utah. This Pittsfield statue was installed at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History from 1967-1997. It was then reconditioned by Jonas Studios and installed here. The statue is 26 feet long and 12 feet tall. He was nicknamed "Wally" since it is believed these dinosaurs had a brain the size of a walnut.
In the 1950s, Jonas Studios created the Berkshire Museum's World in Miniature room. These dioramas feature models of the life-sized animals he made for the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. Jonas and staff have made thousands of these 1/10th scale, hand-painted figures for museums with limited space.
The other dinosaur at the Museum is not a Jonas piece. This Triceratops may have been the movie prop for the character of Uncle Beazley from the children's book "The Enormous Egg", which was published in 1956 and adapted for TV in 1968. If it's not the original prop, it was modeled after it. [map]
South Deerfield, MA
This Tyrannosaurus Rex statue in Boston stands outside the Museum of Science. He was created in the 1960s. A bigger and up-to-date T-Rex is now inside the museum. [map]
The Dinosaur statue in South Deerfield appears to be a contemporary statue. He stands outside the Rock, Fossil and Dinosaur Shop. [map]
More Massachusetts Dinosaur Statues:
Happy Days Family Fun Spot (Granby)
Jurassic Mini Golf (Salisbury)
Orange Dinosaur (Saugus)
Nash Dinosaur Land: 1, 2, 3 (South Hadley)
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