The big roar

  • AM Article: Tyranosaurs


    Tyrannosaurs at the Museum

    Taking a quick jog along Circular Quay!

  • Tyranosaurs skeleton on display


    Tyrannosaurs at the Museum

    Skeletons galore!

  • Tyranosaurs skeleton on display 2


    Tyrannosaurs at the Museum

    Full frontal – scary stuff!

  • close up of clas


    Meet big foot!

    Big feet, sharp claws!

  • Tyranosaurs skulls


    Tyrannosaurs at the Museum

    Skulls a-plenty!

  • Tyranosaurs skeleton with shadow


    Tyrannosaurs at the Museum

    Can you hear it roar?

  • Guanlong display panel at the Australian Museum


    Guanlong diorama

    Exploring the Guanlong exhibit

  • Tyrannosaurs touchscreen


    Tyrannosaurs touchscreen

    Hatch an egg and do it again!


Kids don’t call the Australian Museum ‘The Dinosaur Museum’ for nothing.

Dinosaurs and museums are synonymous with small children and the Australian Museum is truly delivering quality entertainment and small ‘l’ learning, with its latest blockbuster show Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family.

The Tyrannosaurs are indeed the celebrity A-List family of the dinosaurs. While the Kardashians and the Jollie-Pitts have graced Sydney recently with their impressive teeth and fierceness of a different kind, nothing will ever come close to the pulling power of a T-Rex on a five-year-old.

With our mini M&Ger in tow, we recently stepped back in time to the Late Cretaceous period to find out just what lay beyond the glass sliding doors of the museum vestibule.

Primary aged children couldn’t get enough of this – their sense of imagined survival amongst the massive roaring predators heightened by the scope and colour of the screen technology.

The entire exhibit is dark, thrilling and engaging. A traditional diorama of the Guanlong Wucaii (mini tyrannosaur) on first entering is quickly overshadowed by replica dinosaur skeletons and an enormous touch screen complete with hand activated hatching dino eggs. This was the most exciting part of the display for our mini M&Ger drawing him back time and again to hatch more eggs.

Visitors have a chance to have their own image projected onto a giant screen with ferocious little dinosaurs superimposed to create the effect of being surrounded and tormented by these life-like beasties. Primary aged children couldn’t get enough of this – their sense of imagined survival amongst the massive roaring predators heightened by the scope and colour of the screen technology.

But it’s the roaming life-sized Muttaburrasaurus that steals the shows, terrifying our little explorer with its roar and a hide that would leave Khloe dino green with envy.

As with most big museum exhibits, we are involuntarily funneled into the gift shop which provides an equal amount of ‘merchandise delight’ that stretches on for millennia.

What makes this exhibition so exciting is not so much the objects but the associated program of events. Little ones can grab their sleeping bag and an adult and stay a night in the museum as part of Tyrannosnore Sleepovers. There are Storytelling sessionsDinosaur Hunts and loads of other interactive activities for all the family all through the Christmas holidays and into the new year.


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