Walk amongst skeletons of amazing animals from the past.
Duck beneath the belly of a massive Mamenchisaurus and stand beside some other amazing dinosaurs including Amargasaurus, Protoceratops and Tarbosaurus.
Walk up high to where the flying reptiles soar including Quetzalcoatlus (the world’s largest flying reptile).
Get up close to Ice Age megafauna such as Diprotodon (the world’s largest Marsupial) and Megalania (Australia’s largest lizard).
Discover how dinosaurs moved, what they ate and how they survived and touch displays of dinosaur teeth, bones and fossilised poo.
Dinosaur Walk is the first exhibition to open as part of Museum Victoria’s Science and Life Gallery redevelopment.
Included with museum entry.
MV Members receive free museum entry.
Good questions, Deanna - the interpretation of the Oviraptorid dinosaurs is a complicated one, but I'll try to be brief here. You're right, the name 'Oviraptor' translates as "egg theif"; the name was applied in the 1920's based on an assumption that the fossilised eggs found with the skeleton were in the process of being 'stolen', and the strange, toothless beak-like mouth thought to be an adaptation to breaking eggshells seemed to corroborate this. Other palaeontologists have since been a little critical of this interpretation, and newer discoveries of fossil skeletons of related dinosaurs like Citipati were found protecting their nests, and with evidence of their last meal - a lizard - as stomach contents. So, perhaps we've made a pre-emptive accusation and enshrined it in a name.
However, Oviraptorid dinosaurs had odd-looking skulls, particularly their beak-like mouths, and this makes it difficult to guess what they did eat. It's always hard to estimate the diet of an extinct animal, especially a toothless one. We can't rule out the possibility that Oviraptorids ate eggs at some point (as many carnivorous and omnivorous animals do), but the current interpretation is that the first Oviraptor that was described wasn't stealing eggs as the time of the fossil was preserved - it wasn't 'caught in the act', but this may not neccessarily mean it didn't do it at all for thier entire existence.
In any case, the name has stuck - no matter of innocence or guilt on stealing of eggs, Oviraptorid dinosaurs will remain with the accusational name of 'Egg thief', at least for now.
It's hard to say how long you need in the Dinosaur Walk as all kids are different, but a general estaimate would be between 20 minutes and 30 minutes.
Hi Andrew - Museum Victoria has a large amount of real dinosaur fossil bone in our Palaeontology collections, but complete skeletons are exceptionally rare - as much of the material in our research collections is from Australia, none of this is '100% complete', as it seems conditions in this part of the world were not right for preserving complete dinosaur skeletons, with much of our material being isolated bones and teeth.
Very few of these bones are found in association (that is, the bones were found together and were probably from the same individual). Having said that, the Science & Life Gallery at Melbourne Museum has real fossil dinosaur bones on display, some of which is partially articulated including the remains of a hadrosaur (including skin impressions) and a block of Triassic age sediment with numerous individuals of Coelophysis, along with a representative display of the fossil bones found at Victorian Dinosaur fossil localities such as Dinosaur Cove and Inverloch. The larger skeleton of dinosaurs also on display were orignally cast from real bone, but for the purposes of articulating the skeletons for display, real fossil material was not used
The Dinosaur Walk gallery is part of the general admission area of the Melbourne Museum. As such, it is open from 10:00AM to 5:00PM every day, excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day.
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Hi Aaron - Jurassic Park is science fiction, so no, there are no 'real live' dinosaurs here at Melbourne Museum in that sense. We do have some very alive-looking animatronic dinosaurs in the exhibition "600 Million Years - Victoria Evolves" which you can learn more about here, and of course we have a combination of real and cast fossil dinosaur bones on display. Other than that, the closest we have to real live dinosaurs would be the species of birds in our forest gallery - birds are now considered by many as a clade of Theropod dinosaurs.
Hope this helps
Hi Sheikh, Glad you're excited about visiting Melbourne Museum tonight. The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia exhibition is the only part of the museum that is open on Thursday evenings. The exhibition and the adjacent Mesopotamia Cafe close at 9pm.
The Dinosaur Walk closes at 5pm, seven days per week. Unfortunately, you can't see the dinosaurs from the Mesopotamia exhibition so, unless you have excellent hearing, you won't be able to tell if they come to life after closing, or not.
Hi Cody - The 'Dinosaur Walk' and '600 Million Years' exhibitions here at Melbourne Museum are good introductions to Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, but there are countless other resources that would helpful for you to increase your knowledge. Most large Natural History Museums across the world have websites with a lot of useful resources, so some web surfing is a good start. As far as studying goes, a variety of Victorian Universities offer types of Palaeontology as post-graduate programs (Honours, Masters, PhD, etc) to various Science degrees; a good idea might be to look into some universities that might offer degrees that can lead to palaeontology. If you are interested in doing some work experience here at Melbourne Museum, you can find out more about this here.
Hope this helps, and good luck!
Hi Elizabeth,Melbourne Museum has an underground car park with designated disabled parking spaces.
Most of the skeletons on display in Dinosaur Walk are composed of casts from molds of individual real dinosaur bones. These bone casts are composed of a lightweight synthetic material, but are the exact shape of the real fossils which they were cast from. These casts are reassembled by our preparation staff into the skeletons you see, in consultation with the latest research on dinosaur posture.
In addition to these skeletons, there are some examples of real dinosaur fossils in Dinosaur walk; the Hadrosaur tail under the glass on the ramp is entirely real and has not been reassembled in any way - it appears as it did when it was found (including skin impressions), and also an Apatosaurus (formerly Brontosaurus) leg bone, which is a touch object - we encourage visitors to feel this fossil to experience what real dionosaur fossils feel like.
Hi Janelle, Dinosaur Walk is one of the permanant exhibitions in Melbourne Museum, and is included in the General Admission to the Museum. Admission and car park information at the Melbourne Museum can be found at http://museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/visiting/; in addition to this there is also limited metered parlking on both Nicholson and Rathdowne Streets.
I hope this helps!
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