The 2.67 tonne cast of Patagotitan mayorum fills the Museum’s Waterhouse gallery CREDIT Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

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Opening Friday: See one of the biggest creatures to ever walk the Earth at Titanosaur: Life as the biggest dinosaur at the Natural History Museum

Nowhere else in the world can visitors get this close to this prehistoric beast, touching the cast and weaving in and out of its legs
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  • Titanosaur: LIfe as the biggest dinosaur opens in South Kensington on Friday 31 March 2023. Book your tickets now

101 million years in the making, Patagotitan mayorum has arrived at London’s Natural History Museum, the home of the dinosaur. Join us at this showstopper exhibition and be awed by nature as we journey across the life of a titanosaur and learn all about the larger side of life. 

A fun interactive exhibition, visitors will touch, feel and walk beneath the 2.67 tonne cast of Patagotitan mayorum, the most complete gigantic dinosaur ever discovered, as we learn how a creature of this immense scale could ever have existed on Earth. Hand-drawn illustrations, informed by our scientists' understanding of the flora and fauna of the Cretaceous Period, provide a striking backdrop to the titanosaur, creating an enchanting setting in which to get to know this remarkable creature.

Dr Alex Burch, Director of Public Programmes says, ‘Since the term dinosaur was coined back in 1842 by the founding Director of the Natural History Museum, these ‘terrible lizards’ have captured the imaginations of children everywhere. These awe-inspiring giants entice children to science and inspire them about the natural world – helping them become advocates for the planet from an early age. Learning that birds are living dinosaurs is an amazing entry to evolution - at any age!’ 

‘Throughout the exhibition we explore how these relatively unknown dinosaurs were able to exist at such an astonishing size and hope visitors will revel with the childlike delight that comes with standing next to a creature like Patagotitan. To see it is to be humbled by the sheer majesty and dynamism of the natural world.’

Titanosaurs were the biggest animals to walk to the Earth, and Patagotian mayorum is one of the biggest known titanosaurs. The living animal weighed approximately 57 tonnes which is about the same as eight T. rexs! Learn which predators were brave enough to try to take down this 37 metre long titan (as seen in the bite mark in its tail!) in a two-player game of defend and attack, stretch your legs as you try to match titanosaur’s strides across the gallery floor and snap a selfie next to the femur fossil which measures a whopping 2.38 metres.

Patagotitan would need to eat over 129kgs of plants every day. This is equivalent to approximately 516 round lettuces. Step inside a titanosaur’s body, push the heart to pump blood through the body, fill its lungs with air to discover how it breathed with such an enormous neck, and squeeze food through its gut to find out how it processed the mounds of food it ate.

A hands-on exhibition which invites visitors to learn more about these impressive creatures through interactive games and experiences; see a 69-million-year-old grapefruit-sized egg which hatched an enormous titanosaur and touch its model replica, then find out how many people it would take to balance the scales of a giant dino.

Director of the Natural History Museum, Dr Doug Gurr says, ‘There is nothing that comes close to Patagotitan walking the Earth today – so in this case, seeing is believing! The large animals that we share the planet with today continue to play vital ecosystem roles – from elephants and rhinos to blue whales – but they are increasingly at risk of extinction from habitat loss and other devastating human impacts. We must connect the next generation with the natural world to protect the large animals of today before it’s too late.

The cast of Patagotitan mayorum has been provided to the Museum by the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio (MEF), Argentina.

IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG) is Exhibition Logistics Partner of Titanosaur: Life as the biggest dinosaur.

Dates:    Friday 31 March 2023 – Sunday 7 January 2024 
Times:    Monday – Sunday 10.00-17.50 (last entry 16.30)
Price:     Adult tickets from £16.00*, and child £9.00*
              Family £27.25* - £47.25*
             (*Prices excluding optional Gift Aid donation to the Museum.) 
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It is custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens accessed by researchers from all over the world both in person and via over 30 billion digital data downloads to date. The Museum’s 350 scientists are finding solutions to the planetary emergency from biodiversity loss through to the sustainable extraction of natural resources. 

The Museum uses its global reach and influence to meet its mission to create advocates for the planet - to inform, inspire and empower everyone to make a difference for nature. We welcome millions of visitors through our doors each year, our website has had 17 million visits in the last year and our touring exhibitions have been seen by around 20 million people in the last 10 years. 

About IAG Cargo 

IAG Cargo is the single business created following the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo in April 2011. Following the integration of additional airlines into the business, including Aer Lingus, Vueling and Level, IAG Cargo now covers a global network covering six contents.  

It has a combined workforce of more than 2,250 people. Its parent company, International Airlines Group, is one of the world's largest airline groups with 558 aircrafts at 31st December 2022. 

 For further information on IAG Cargo, please visit the IAG Cargo Magazine:  

https://iagcargomagazine.com/ or alternatively, visit the IAG Cargo website: https://www.iagcargo.com