SKELETONS: Animals Unveiled Announces Opening Date

As the three Merlin Attractions at I-Drive 360 announced a May 4th Opening, SKELETONS: Animals Unveiled has schedule an opening on April 25th.
This unique attraction will be filled with over 400 different animal skeletons. The skeletons include a rhino, giraffe, manatee, primates, birds, marine life, reptiles, and a massive 14-foot elephant! A section of the museum will be devoted to uniquely Floridian animals; another will have a farm animal display.

There will be natural mutations, like a two-headed calf skeleton and even a small selection of human skeletons. The 7,700 square foot attraction should take 60-90 minutes for people to see the entire collection.  A retail shop with unique gifts will be part of the attraction. 

SKELETONS: Animals Unveiled is the fourth attraction of the new I-Drive 360 Complex. With the new Orlando Eye, Madam Tussauds and Sea Life Aquarium, SKELETONS offers visitors to International Drive an experience that is educational, entertaining and engaging.  

This will be the second Museum of Osteology (the study of bones) in the world. The first opened in Oklahoma City in 2010. Both locations are part of Skulls Unlimited Incorporated, owned and operated by the Villemarette Family of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Company president, Jay Villemarette, Sr began collecting skulls as a youth and grew his hobby into a successful, worldwide catalog/website business. Villemarette and his family do the work to transform donated animal carcasses into skeletons.

“We wanted to show that there is beauty in the science of osteology. Beauty is more than skin deep.” said Villemarette, Sr. Mark Brisson, Executive Director for SKELETONS, “We had hoped to open sooner but we want to have synergy with our neighbors and be part of the Grand Opening of the I-Drive 360 Complex. So we are, at present, working with a skeleton crew to complete the attraction in April.”

Brisson added, “The skeletons will be from animals that are extant, and not extinct. There will not be any dinosaurs. Only animals that are presently living. It is a great way for people to understand the framework of life.” 

SKELETONS is located at 8441 International Drive, Suite 250, Orlando, Florida, underneath the 400 ft Observation Wheel - the Orlando Eye. Hours will be 9 am to Midnight seven days a week. The 7,700 square foot attraction is expected to open April 2015. Adult admission is $19.99, and Youth (3-11) is $12.99. Additional information at

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