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A new frontier of fun: Museum of Science and History reopens Friday

Imagine an encounter with Paluxysaurus jonesi, the intimidating 60-foot-long, 12-foot-tall official state dinosaur of Texas that roamed these parts about 112 million years ago. Or being caught in a virtual prairie thunderstorm as you walk among a herd of freestanding life-size longhorns in the Cattle Raisers Museum.

Perhaps stargazing is your cup of tea, and you can do just that in the Noble Planetarium, where live feeds from the Hubble Telescope offer a real-time view of our solar system. You may get lucky and witness an asteroid or a meteor shower live.

These and many other jaw-dropping interactive experiences await when the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History opens its doors Friday, marking the start of a new era in the museum’s history.

What began in 1945 as the Fort Worth Children’s Museum has evolved into a dazzling 166,000-square-foot, $80 million state-of-the-art complex that will thrill children and enable adults to find their inner child.

Whether you visit prehistoric times, ride a replica of a streetcar to see how Fort Worth has changed over the years or learn how technology shapes our lives, the "happy building" (as its architects have called it) is a world-class facility — both entertaining and educational.

We've taken a closer look at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History - at the colorful building, the interactive activities and the people who bring learning to life.

10 museum highlights not to miss

Explore the museum in this floor-by-floor interactive graphic

Opening-week schedule, tips for parents and what to know before you go

Our art and design critic reviews the Legorreta building

We chat with the "wizards" behind the museum’s technological feats

Fun facts from the Cattle Raisers Museum

VIDEO: CSI: Fort Worth

VIDEO: Noble Planetarium goes hi-tech

VIDEO: Get your Dino Dig on

VIDEO: Energy blast: Innovation happening right here in the Barnett Shale

VIDEO: Museum school opens new worlds to kids - young and old

Coming Friday: A closer look at the museum’s first big traveling exhibit, "CSI: The Experience." In Go!