Wally, the most famous, and most beloved, stegosaurus in the Berkshires, has been standing guard outside the Berkshire Museum for fourteen years. Friends and admirers will celebrate his birthday on Sunday, October 20. The Museum will be free all day, with a happy birthday song and cake at 2 p.m.
Wally the stegosaurus took up residency on the front lawn of Berkshire Museum in October 1997. The fiberglass replica Stegosaurus was given to the museum by Carol and Tom McCann. He is 26 feet long, 12 feet tall, 7 feet wide, and weighs 1,200 pounds. A community-wide contest was held to name the new arrival: winner Levi Bissell chose “Wally” because Stegosaurus had a brain the size of a walnut.
Stegosaurus was a large, plant-eating dinosaur that roamed the western United States 150 million years ago during the Jurassic period.
Wally is the second Stegosaurus created from the mold made by the Louis Paul Jonas Studios of Hudson, New York, the studio of famed wildlife sculptor Louis Paul Jonas. The first Stegosaurus was part of the Sinclair Dinoland exhibition at the New York World’s Fair in 1964 and 1965.
Wally spent 30 years on the grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History before coming to the Berkshire Museum in 1997 after a reconditioning by the Jonas Studios.
After the 1964-1965 World’s Fair closed, the dinosaurs went on tour across the United States and appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1966. The original Stegosaurus is now on display at Dinosaur National Monument in Harper’s Corner, Utah.