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National Dinosaur Museum

History and Science collide to reveal the prehistoric giants of the past.

Australia’s National Dinosaur Museum, one of Canberra’s premier tourist attractions, contains more than 50 skeleton and skull displays and over 50 lifelike dinosaur models, as well as many animatronic dinosaurs which move, roar, bite, blink, and even breathe!

Our experienced guides take students on a journey starting 4.4 billion years ago, when the Earth was just forming, with the oldest mineral in the world. They travel forward, visiting Australia throughout different eras, including the Age of the Dinosaurs.

Students will gain a unique insight into biology, palaeontology, history, the evolution of species, and Australia’s ancient history. Photographs are welcome at the end of the discussion in each section.

During their experience students have the opportunity to place their hands on a genuine 150 million year old
dinosaur bone, touch a real 150 kg meteorite or hold a piece of 100 million year old fossilised dinosaur dung.

Recently we have also welcomed a vast range of rare fossils to our display cabinets, and an impressive array
of genuine Neolithic Stone Age tools and weapons.

We provide an interactive experience which allows students to learn about dinosaurs in a fun-filled, informative and age-appropriate way. Tours are available day and night, and are tailored to suit all primary and secondary students.

Each program runs for 90 minutes, with a 60 minute tour, and 30 minutes to experience our interactive areas, dinosaur garden, or browse through Canberra’s largest display of fossils, minerals and natural crystal specimens in our recently upgraded shop.