Time: one hour
Are you big on museums, but short on time? Our knowledgeable visitor assistants have designed just the dinosaurs tour for you. It will introduce you to some of the Museum's most famous and imposing specimens.
Enter the Museum via the Queen's Gate entrance and start with the most popular gallery, Dinosaurs. You can get up close to prehistoric specimens, including:
- the skull of a plant-eating Triceratops
- an Iguanodon, one of the first species ever described as a dinosaur
- one of the largest meat-eaters ever unearthed in Europe, the Baryonyx
Fossil Marine Reptiles
Exit Dinosaurs and make your way through Hintze Hall. On the other side of the hall, you will find yourself in the Fossil Marine Reptiles gallery. These creatures lived in the oceans at the same time dinosaurs walked the Earth.
One your left, look out for the Dacentrurus specimen, the first stegosaur specimen ever to be scientifically described.
See the skeleton cast of the giant ground sloth, a land mammal often mistaken for a dinosaur.
Here you will find:
- Jurassic crocodiles that lived in the sea
- fossils that inspired stories of sea dragons
- a female ichthyosaur fossil
Now turn left and make your way through the Birds gallery and into the Earth Hall. Here you'll come face-to-face with the world's most complete Stegosaurus skeleton ever found.
It is three metres tall and six metres long. We don't know the dinosaur's exact age, but we do know that it wasn't an adult.
This Stegosaurus individual lived about 150 million years ago, during the Late Jurassic period.
From the Beginning
Lastly, take the escalator upstairs to the From the Beginning gallery. A T.rex skull sits among early sea creatures, ancient fossils and evidence of flying reptiles.
If you need to refuel after your prehistoric tour, visit The Kitchen in the Red Zone.