Special Exhibitions and Events

16 February 2018

dinosaur sleepover


School visits, 23 February - 06 May 2018

Palaeontology workshops and exhibition entry - special prices for school groups
See full details below

Not long ago, our knowledge of dinosaurs was based almost completely on the assumptions we made from their internal body structure. Bones and possible muscle and tendon attachments were what scientists used for reconstructing their anatomy. The rest, including the colours, were left to the imagination… and needless to say the skins were lizard-like and the colours grey, green and brown prevailed.

Together with exhibition producers Luis V. Rey and Gondwana Studios, we are breaking the mould with Dinosaur rEvolution!

Thanks to a vast web of new research, that this time emphasises also skin and ornaments, we are now able to get a glimpse of the true, bizarre and complex nature of the evolution of the Dinosauria.

It's long been understood that the Dinosauria was subdivided in two main groups, according mostly to their pelvic structure: Saurischia and Ornithischia.  All of them are well represented and spectacularly mounted in this exhibition and the exhibits are backed with close-to-life-sized murals of all the protagonist species, fully fleshed and feathered and restored in living and breathing colours.

We are offering two exciting ways for school groups to experience this cutting edge special exhibition:

1) 'Total Recon - Dinosaur Edition'
A reconstruction workshop with an expert Flinders University palaeontologist
Learn to think like a palaeontologist!
Discover how we can use fossil evidence to determine what dinosaurs looked like and infer their behaviour and habitat.

Cost: $250 per class - up to 30 students and adult supervisors
$150 (Equity pricing for regional and category 1-4 schools)
1 hour 45 minute session including 45 minute palaeontology workshop, 15 min facilitated exhibition tour and 45 min self-directed exhibition exploration
Workshop suitable for Year 5 students and up

Available dates: March 19, 29, 21, 22
April 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13
11:15am - 1:00pm
or 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Bookings essential

2) Exhibition only entry
Cost: $90 per class - up to 30 students and adult supervisors
$30 (Equity pricing for regional and category 1-4 schools)
1 hour self-guided session
Suitable for all year levels
Available dates: 23 February - 6 May
Bookings essential

Links to curriculum
Science as a Human Endeavour: Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena.
Scientific understanding including models and theories are contestable and refined over time through a process of review.

Science Understanding
Year 5:
Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment.
Year 7: There are differences within and between groups of organisms and classification helps organise this diversity.
Year 10: Evaluating and interpreting evidence for evolution, including the fossil record, chemical and anatomical similarities.