Hemet’s Western Science Center museum reopens with a science festival and new exhibits

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Paleoartist Brian Engh, left, with Ph.D. scientists Matt Wedel, Thierra Nalley and Jessie Atterholt from the Western University of Health Sciences hold 3D fossils and archaeology items on display to the public at the Inland Empire Science Festival at the Western Science Center courtyard Aug. 21 in Hemet. Valley News/Tony Ault photo
Hemet’s Western Science Center celebrated the reopening of its museum by hosting the Inland Empire Science Festival Saturday, Aug. 21, with renovations, new exhibits and an interactive display of the newest dinosaur fossil finds during the last 18 months. The museum’s grand reopening drew dozens of visitors including scientists from throughout California and experts in the fields of paleontology and archaeology displaying the latest tools and equipment used in site excavations. Children and adults heard about such things as tyrannosaurus, mastodons and other dinosaurs and were able to touch 3D renderings of the actual fossil bones on display. Outside of the museum were scientists from Pomona’s Western University of Health Sciences, Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology and priv
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