Dinosaurs

Meet a terrifying T.rex, unearth Baryonyx bones and inspect the Triceratops skeleton in our world-renowned Dinosaurs gallery. Sort the facts from the myths about why dinosaurs died out and delve into our research and discoveries about these prehistoric giants.

Dinosaurs gallery closure

The Dinosaurs gallery is closed from 8 September to 19 September 2014 inclusive for essential work. Sorry for any disappointment. You can explore other dinosaur fossils and extinct creatures in the Red Zone’s From the Beginning gallery.

Free advance tickets can be booked for school holiday periods. No tickets are available currently.

Iguanodon on display in the Dinosaur gallery

Explore 160 million years of the dinosaur era. Find out what the dinosaurs looked like, what they ate, and how they evolved. Encounter 100s of specimen displays, including four moving animatronic dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs gallery entrance

Enter the gallery under the skeleton of Camarasaurus, the stocky and powerful plant-eating relative of Diplodocus, then ascend the walkway and come eye to eye with our many life-size dinosaur skeletons and models.

Triceratops skeleton.

With its sharp beak and huge horns, the Triceratops looked ferocious, but this enormous beast only used its powerful teeth on vegetation, and was the most abundant plant-eater of its time.

Giant animatronic T.rex.

You'll hear the roar long before you face the terrifying moving T.rex lurking in its swampy pit. Beware the super-senses of the giant animatronic model – you could be its next victim! Marvel at the power of its huge jawbone and 15-cm-long teeth.

Dinosaurs gallery skull

See the life-size Tyrannosaurus skull cast before you enter the pit of the terrifying animatronic T.rex. Tyrannosaurus was one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs, with a skull length of 1.5 metres and body up to 12 metres. It walked the Earth 67 million years ago.

Dinosaurs gallery graphic screens

Digital screens help you discover the world in which dinosaurs lived and how it changed during the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods, from the movement of continents, the weather, and the plants and animals around them.

Model of a Maiasaura nest, complete with hatchling.

Dinosaurs laid eggs and evidence shows that, like today’s birds, they fed their young until they were strong enough to leave the nest. Here, you can see a model of a Maiasaura nest, complete with hatchlings.

Half-buried Edmontosaurus skeleton lying in its death position.

The half-buried skeleton of this Edmontosaurus is lying in its death position. A scavenger may have eaten its tail, most of which is missing. You can also see the fossilised skin of an Edmontosaurus, which means this is one of the few dinosaurs whose skin texture is known.

Baryonyx

The Baryonyx exhibits are just before you exit the Dinosaurs gallery. They show how palaeontologists use fossils and modern animals to piece together what we know about dinosaurs today. Follow the steps from fossil discovery to specimen reconstruction.

Research on Baryonyx has also revealed a group of specialised fish-eating dinosaurs called spinosaurs.

Watch a film about Baryonyx