Open daily, 10am–5pm, Free

419 Great King Street Dunedin, New Zealand

Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters

Paid admission

Special Exhibitions Gallery

Special exhibition

Step back 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea in Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters.

This unique international touring exhibition, produced by Gondwana Studios, brings the past back to life with fossilised skeletons and life-size animatronic models of the animals that ruled the world millions of years before the age of dinosaurs, in a time known as the Permian.

The Permian period ended with the largest extinction Earth ever experienced, which wiped out 90% of all species on the planet. The cause of the end-Permian extinction had baffled scientists for the past 20 years. A recent discovery shed new light on the cause of this catastrophe – global warming. Started by a huge volcanic eruption, it set off a chain of events that led to the greatest extinction on Earth.

The exhibition blends art and science with a collection of new artwork that offers a glimpse back in time through the eyes of award-winning paleo-artist Julius Csotonyi. View fossilised skeletons and reconstructed models of these strange and amazing creatures; and dig and identify fossils in the interactive dig pits throughout the exhibition.

Noise alert! Some exhibits are loud.

Open daily until Sunday 25 February 2018 

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Monster Combo

Includes admission to Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters – Special exhibition and Flying Monsters with David Attenborough show in the Perpetual Guardian Planetarium.

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See here for Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters special exhibition programmes