The Witte Museum celebrated the beginning stages of construction for the H-E-B Lantern, the new entrance to the museum that will feature a Pterosaur called "Quetzy."
The dinosaur, called Quetzacoatlus northropi in science-speak, is the largest knowing flying animal. It was discovered in Big Bend National Park.
The Witte is undergoing a $100 million expansion and improvement project that includes 100,000 square feet of renovations.
The H-E-B Lantern will be closer to Broadway and will house a life-sized model of "Quetzy." This flying monster was once common
H-E-B donated $2 million for the project that bears its name.
“We are honored to have the continued support of partners such as H-E-B during our transformation to the New Witte. We are excited to see the formation take place, and to introduce “Quetzy” to the community,” Marise McDermott, President and CEO of the Witte Museum, said in a press release. “The H-E-B Lantern will serve as the front door to New Witte, greeting visitors with ancient Pterosaurs flying over their heads. That is an experience you can only have at the Witte Museum, and we are thankful to H-E-B for helping us create that experience.”
The new entrance should be opened by 2017.
Here's a video of the press conference:
CheckPresenAndFlashmob from Witte Museum on Vimeo.