Discover a world of dinosaurs at Scienceworks as you explore the science of palaeontology.
Scienceworks invites visitors of all ages to explore ‘how we know what we know’ about those most famous of prehistoric creatures – dinosaurs!
A new exhibition, Explore-a-saurus, has been developed by Scienceworks to demonstrate the ways in which palaeontologists use fossil evidence to learn about how dinosaurs lived; from what they ate and how fast they ran, to what colour they may have been and even how they cared for their young.
Discover the forensic method scientists use to learn about prehistoric life in a setting inhabited by Scienceworks’ own animatronic dinosaurs!
This interactive exhibition will explore the concepts of palaeontology in a fun and hands-on way by testing your strength against the strength of a T-Rex jaw and looking through the eyes of a carnivore or herbivore dinosaur.
Try your hand at being a palaeontologist by uncovering fossils and bones, comparing the types of plants that dinosaurs ate, examining insects under microscopes, recreating the sounds of various dinosaurs and seeing how they digested their food.
Uncover how dinosaurs lived, and see some of them come to life including herbivores Stegosaurus, Triceratops and Apatosaurus, as well as the carnivorous Tyrannosaurus rex, King of the Cretaceous Period!
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Adults $18, Concession $6 and Children (3 - 16 years) $5. Prices include general entry to Scienceworks. MV Members receive discounted entry.
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Phone 13 11 02
Gift vouchers available.
To avoid disappointment, pre-purchasing of tickets is strongly recommended, especially during peak periods such as public holidays and school holidays.
Hi Po-Suan; no, this exhibition is un related to the Dinosaur Walk exhibition - Dinosaur Walk is a permanent exhibition at Melbourne Museum with displays of numerous skleltons of dinosaurs and other large extinct vertebrate animals, wheras Explore-a-saurus is a temporary exhibition at Scienceworks with animatronic dinosaurs and interactive displays.
The display at Docklands has no connection to Museum Victoria and is unrelated to Explore-a-saurus and Dinosaur Walk.
Tim and Tracee - you can indeed book tickets for this exhibition online, have a look at the link above. The exhibition runs until April 2012
Explore-a-saurus is suitable for all age groups. Hope this helps!
Hi Jenny, the dinosaurs don't move very much - just their necks and mouths. However, they do roar quite loudly at times... We hope this helps in planning your visit.
Karyn - Thanks for your feedback. Just to clarify that the $18 adult entry into Explore-a-saurus includes general entry to Scienceworks. An adult would normally pay $8 for general admission and children and concession are free. I hope this clarifies the pricing for you and makes it more affordable as this will make it a full day’s outing.
Jack - an interesting question, considering many palaeontologists regard birds as a type of dinosaur now. Given this, you could say that dinosaurs haven't really died out at all!
However, the 'non-avian' dinosaurs (i.e. the 'dinosaurs that were not birds') became extinct 65.5 million years ago during a mass extinction event. This event marks the boundary of two major time periods in the geological time scale, this extinction is called the K-Pr boundary (meaning Cretaceous-Paleogene, formerly the K-T or Cretaceous-Teriary, boundary). Tyrannosaurus was one of the last of these dinosaurs, and was still around when the extinction event occurred 65.5 million years ago. As far as non-avian dinosaurs go, T.rex was one of the most recent.
Explore-a-saurus is suitable for all ages and, similar to other exhibitions on offer at Scienceworks, is very child-friendly and engaging. Whilst there is a lot of physical movement and loud noises, we have had many anecdotal comments (see John’s comment above) about young children thoroughly enjoying Explore-a-saurus.
Of course, every child is unique, which will influence how they respond to certain experiences. But if your 3 year old is a big fan of dinosaurs they should not find the exhibition scary.
Hi Stamatina,On the Lower Ground Floor at Scienceworks we have a baby change room with two stations for changing nappies and a screened area with an armchair for baby feeding. The room also has a microwave for heating baby food and drink and a family toilet. It is shown on the map of the site
Explore-a-saurus is off to Perth June to October 2012. At this stage it will not be returning to Scienceworks
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Hi Son is a dino fan,
There are no plans to exhibit Explore-a-saurus in Adelaide.
At this stage its tour itinerary consists only of Perth and then Brisbane (TBC).
After that, the exhibition’s future is unresolved.
Me and my brother raced Cathy Freeman and we both bet her, I ran 1.15 seconds.
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