Dinosaurs on the move

The Dinosaur Discovery exhibition at the Queensland Museum (developed by the Western Australian Museum and constructed by Chinese animatronic specialists) is pretty impressive. The website says:

Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous gives you a chance to experience life on Earth 145 million years ago.

Featuring more than 20 animated, life-size dinosaur models, including the fearsome T-Rex, and Queensland’s very own Muttaburrasaurus, Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous will transport you back millions of years to when dinosaurs ruled the Earth.

Get up close with these titans of the Cretaceous and see first-hand how they moved, roared, gnashed and bellowed.

Each dinosaur has been made to scientific specifications to capture the real look, feel, sound and movement of these magnificent creatures, giving you a close up look at some of the most extraordinary creatures to have ever walked the Earth.

You know you’ve reached the right place when you get to the museum. Note the dinosaur descendant at the top right of the photo.

Brachiosaurus animatronic at the entrance to the Queensland Museum

Brachiosaurus animatronic at the entrance to the Queensland Museum

They start you off with the small, cute ones …



… then progress to the slightly larger, more threatening ones (Australovenator) which roar, wave their claws and breathe. If you move away, they stop moving – if you go back, they start up again.



On to Australia’s 0.7 m long ankylosaur, Minmi paravertebra

Australia's minmi

Australia’s Minmi

Tail of the minmi

Wagging tail of the Minmi

The somewhat larger ornithopod, Muttaburrasaurus (Minmi in foreground) …


Our very own Muttaburrasaurus

Protoceratops from Mongolia …

Protoceratops andrewsi

Protoceratops andrewsi

Also from Mongolia, the Therizinosaurus



Therizinosaurus fossilised claw

Therizinosaurus fossilised claw

Amargasaurus (from what is now Argentina) with its peculiar neck spines …



Peculiar double spine

Peculiar ‘double spine’

Canadian Styracosaurus and baby …



Styracosaurus baby

Styracosaurus baby

From the USA, Deinosuchus, the extinct giant relative of alligators …


Deinosuchus (foreground)

The 5.4 metre high, 15 metre long Spinosaurus from North Africa …



Swordfish …

069AAnd I thought American bullfrogs were big – Beelzebufo ampinga from Madagascar were apparently big enough to eat baby dinosaurs …

Beelzebufo ampinga from Madagascar

Beelzebufo ampinga from Madagascar

The 4.3 metre high, 11 metre long African Carcharodontosaurus



The burrowing Oryctodromeus cubicularis from Montana, USA …

Oryctodromeus cubicularis

Oryctodromeus cubicularis

No dino exhibit is complete without Tyrannosaurus rex. This model had to be re-made 80% shorter as the original was higher than the room in which it was meant to be housed.

Tyrannosaurus rex

Tyrannosaurus rex

The exhibit was well supplied with just enough information – not too little, not too much – on each dinosaur and how they fitted into the scheme of things in the Cretaceous. Additional info was available through interactive games and apps on smartphones or tablets.

Humans did not co-exist with dinosaurs, but the thing I probably enjoyed most was standing still and imagining myself coming face to face with living versions of these – awesome!

T rex

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3 Responses to Dinosaurs on the move

  1. janebeau says:

    Looks amazing! We had a visiting exhibition but A it costs megabucks and B they looked very moth eaten. Where is the museum?

    Have to put it on my list for next visit!

    Xx J

    • Joy Window says:

      Recommended, but you’ll have to get over here before 5 October. It’s only $15 per adult and there are children and family rates. The Queensland Museum (free to get in but you pay for special exhibitions) is in Brisbane, actually not that far from where you usually stay. The South Bank is a ‘cultural centre’, with two big art galleries, the museum and the Queensland State Library – worth a day trip to see them all.

  2. kath pearce says:

    Thanks for pointing this out. Fantastic exhibition from what you have shown. It would be great to go and check it out.

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