Dino Dig

Event information

Event type: workshop

Location: Investigate, Lower Ground Floor, Green Zone

Suitable for: Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11)

Capacity: 35 pupils

Duration: 30 minutes

Ticket prices:

£3 per pupil
Booking required

Dinosaurs died out around 65 million years ago, so how can we find out about what dinosaurs really looked like and how they lived?

In this fun hands-on workshop, pupils work in groups to identify a range of fossils, perform their own fossil dig and work out what their mystery specimens might be through observation and measuring.

Pupils will handle fossils, find out what they are, what they can tell us and how palaeontologists study them to explore prehistoric life on Earth.

Workshop rundown

  • Pupils learn how the Museum’s collections are studied by different scientists.
  • Pupils examine fossil specimens to develop their fossil identification skills.
  • Pupils uncover a mystery specimen and examine its features. They measure their specimen, and compare it to known dinosaurs in order to identify what species it is.
  • Pupils look for clues about how the dinosaurs behaved from fossil evidence.

Further information

Curriculum links: Rocks, Evolution and inheritance

Note: The activity works best if you visit the Dinosaurs gallery after the workshop.

Support notes PDF (108KB)

What teachers say

    'Our Year 3 children have loved learning about dinosaurs and the pre-historic world in their Humanities lessons so it was brilliant for them to become palaeontologists for this hands-on workshop. They were given the opportunity to handle the different types of fossils and even uncover a dinosaur skull!
    'They particularly loved using the paintbrushes and measuring the skull to find out which dinosaur it belonged to.'

Micaela Facino, Humanities co-ordinator, NQT Mentor and Year 3 Teacher, Oakfield Preparatory School

Booking information

This workshop is bookable for dates up to December 2022, during school term times.

This workshop is for KS2 (ages 7-11). Maximum capacity per workshop is 35 pupils.

Dates and Times

The show runs at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm on certain weekdays.

Dates for the Autumn term are shown below.  Please note, these dates are not live and you will need to contact us for availability. 

To check availability and to book, call 020 7942 5555. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9.00 - 17.00.

Please be aware that we are only accepting card payments and no longer take BACS payments for school sessions. Please do speak to the contact centre when booking if you have any questions.

For guidance on booking and how to plan your day, please visit our Essential information page.

Event dates
4 October 2022 10.30-11.00, 11.30-12.00, 12.30-13.00, 13.30-14.00
6 October 2022 10.30-11.00, 11.30-12.00, 12.30-13.00, 13.30-14.00
11 October 2022 10.30-11.00, 11.30-12.00, 12.30-13.00, 13.30-14.00
12 October 2022 10.30-11.00, 11.30-12.00, 12.30-13.00, 13.30-14.00
13 October 2022 10.30-11.00, 11.30-12.00, 12.30-13.00, 13.30-14.00
19 October 2022 10.30-11.00, 11.30-12.00, 12.30-13.00, 13.30-14.00
20 October 2022 10.30-11.00, 11.30-12.00, 12.30-13.00, 13.30-14.00
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Essential information

Everything you need to know for a smooth-running day, from where to go for lunch to completing a risk assessment.

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