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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An asteroid impact 66 million years ago may have killed off the dinosaurs, but the COVID-19 pandemic did not cause an extinction event at the T-Rex Science Center at 520 Southridge Blvd. in South Charleston.

The T-Rex Science Center held a grand reopening event in late May, and volunteers are continuing to welcome the public to the facilities six days a week this summer, with COVID-19 precautions in effect.

Science Center officials are encouraging safety by requesting visitors to wear face masks and maintain social distancing, which is fairly easy within the 26,000-square-foot exhibit area. However, the center has reduced some of its hands-on activities, with hand-sanitizing stations in place at each activity.

A number of new exhibits have been added to the museum portion of the center recently. They include:

n A 33-foot-long skeleton of a Hadrosaur (duckbill) dinosaur.

n The skull of the T-Rex named Sue that is 5 feet long.

n Three Smilodon (sabertooth cat) skulls.

n A 3-foot-long Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) skull.

n An 8-foot-tall, 16-foot-wingspan Pteranodon and nest.

n A Foucault pendulum demonstrating the rotation of the Earth.

n Dozens of new fossils and specimens.

The property also opened an outdoor, 18-hole T-Rex Mini-Golf Course, replete with dinosaur displays throughout, this spring.

The mini-golf course is open daily from noon until 8 p.m., weather permitting.

The T-Rex Museum hours of operation are noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Operating hours are subject to change.

Museum entry costs $15 per person. Children ages 2 and younger are admitted free.

The mini-golf course fee is $8 per adult and $5 for children.

Package rates and season passes are available.

For additional information, call 304-400-2706, visit the “T-Rex Science Center” page on Facebook or go to the center’s website, trexsciencecenter.org.