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Tyrannosaurs Meet the Family

31 October 2015 - 28 March 2016

Newcastle Museum presents the blockbuster Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience developed and co-presented by the Australian Museum.

Millions and millions of years ago the Tyrannosaurs family ruled by tooth and claw. Now, for the first time in world history, you can experience the size, sound and sheer spectacle of these fascinating predators all in one place. The blockbuster Tyrannosaurs: Meet The Family opens at Newcastle Museum on 31 October 2015.

Showcasing a dramatic array of fossils and casts of tyrannosaur specimens, Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family is designed to provide a snapshot of dinosaur life and show how this group became the world’s top predators with their massive skulls, powerful jaws and bone-crunching teeth.

Visitors to the exhibition will:

  • Explore an Australian-first immersive multimedia experience featuring large-scale, immersive projections of dinosaurs
  • Meet Guanlong wucaii – the newly discovered feathery relative of T. rex
  • Discover how recent scientific findings confirm the links between dinosaurs and birds
  • Use multi-touch technologies to compare their arm strength to that of a mighty T. rex.


With over 10 life-sized dinosaur specimens on display, including one of the oldest tyrannosaurs, Guanlong wucaii, the exhibition runs from 31 October to 28 March 2016.

Entry fees apply

  • Two and under free 
  • Child: $7
  • Concession: $8
  • Adult; $10
  • Family: $30

What's dark and smells…

… a T.rex hunting its prey at night!

Do you dare come and explore T.rex and it's cousins at the Museum at night using only a head torch? See if you can use your sense of smell as well as the T.rex did and discover Museum objects you might never have noticed before.

When: 6 - 7.30pm, Thursday 19 November
Cost: $20 per child (includes exhibition entry fee & nocturnal nibblies!)
Ages: 8 – 12 years
Bookings essential on 4974 1401. Places are limited.

A dino-mite NYE!

Jive into the Jurassic with dinosaur themed activities and family friendly fun for our annual NYE festivities. Explore the interactive blockbuster Tyrannosaurs exhibition including rare specimens of dinosaurs sourced from all around the world. Come and wish the T.rex family a very happy 2016!

When: 6 - 9pm, 31 December
Cost: Exhibition entry charges apply.
All ages, everyone welcome!

Summer of Science-aurus!

Dinosaurs Vs. Pterosaurs : Who rules your world?

These holidays come and see who really were the rulers of the world - Dinosaurs or Pterosaurs? From biting strength to the most mobile marauders on the planet, these creatures were the kings of sky and earth. We will use science to explore these pre-historic monsters' living and fighting tools and decide for ourselves just who was the better killer!

When: 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm Tuesdays 5,12 & 19 January and Thursdays 7, 14 & 21 January
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages
No need to book, just drop in!

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Move Like a Mini-osaur!

Turn yourself into a dinosaur at these roar-somely fun creative movement classes hosted by Flipside Youth Dance. Make your very own T.rex tail, imagine you are four meters tall with huge teeth and then join the herd to romp and stomp and roar!

When: 10.30am - 12 noon, Wed 13 and 20 January
Cost: $15 per child
Ages:  4 - 6 years
Bookings essential: 4974 1401

Stamp that Beat!

Join the team from Newcastle Youth Orchestra and drum along to our dinosaur beat as we learn all about rhythm and keeping in time. We’ll make some loud noises on percussion and have a dino-ball, come ready for fun and monstrous music making!

When: 10.30am - 11.30am or 1 - 2.30pm, Friday 15 January
Cost: $10 per child
Ages: 9-14 yrs
Bookings essential: 4974 1401

Dino Disco

Groove like a Gorgosaurus, dance like a Daspletosaurus! Let Ruby the Clown get your T.rex toes tapping at our special Dino Disco!

When: 5.30 - 7pm, Thursday 21 January
Cost: $5 per child
Ages: 12 and under
No need to book, just drop in!