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National Dinosaur Museum

Get to know the giants of prehistoric times at this interesting and educational museum, packed with displays about the unique history of the Australian continent. 

At Canberra’s National Dinosaur Museum, travel back in time to an age when awesome, fascinating creatures roamed the planet. Journey from the beginnings of life on earth through to the reign of dinosaurs and on to the Ice Age, when giant woolly mammoths stomped the earth. 

Gaze up at huge detailed models of dinosaurs with bared teeth as they stand guard, towering over you just inside the front door. Walk bravely through the gaping monstrous mouth of T-rex to get inside the museum. See 300 individual fossils and 23 complete skeletons posed alongside lively animatronic models. 

The dinosaurs themselves form only one part of the museum. Separate from dinos, discover a huge collection of fossils and other artefacts to help you learn about Australia’s unique prehistoric past. See the displays of animals that have lived on the earth and under the sea for millions of years. A highlight of the visit is the Stegodon, which was a relative of mammoths and has huge 3.6-metre (12-foot) curved tusks.  

Encourage your children to learn all about the dinosaurs from the displays set up for easy access and understanding. Numerous hands-on exhibits and photo opportunities provide added fun. Next to the remains and artefacts, see large murals depicting the story of prehistoric life. Touch a real bone from a dinosaur that lived 150 million years ago and feel the texture of a real meteorite. You are quite likely to learn something new about the planet’s previous occupiers.

Browse the large museum shop and find educational gifts, posters, souvenirs, fossils, minerals and crystals. Outside, stroll through the Dinosaur Garden amongst additional fibreglass models, startlingly bold and lifelike. 

The National Dinosaur Museum is a beloved family destination in Canberra, attracting thousands of visitors every year. For extra educational value for adults and kids alike, join a free guided tour. Find the museum in Gold Creek Village along a highway on the edge of the city. Access free parking on site or arrive by regular bus services. The museum is open 7 days a week and has an entry fee.


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Leumeah Lodge $75
Leumeah Lodge

Leumeah Lodge

48 O'Hanlon Place, Nicholls, ACT
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Nicholls, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Federation Square and Cockington Green. National Dinosaur Museum is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) away.

    The Pommy Tree
    The Pommy Tree

    The Pommy Tree

    40 Sheehy Street, Evatt, ACT
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a shopping district, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Federation Square, National Dinosaur Museum, and Cockington Green. Canberra Stadium and University of Canberra are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Executive Deluxe 4.5 brm Home. Serviced With Pool and Breakfast. All Yours
      Executive Deluxe 4.5 brm Home. Serviced With Pool and Breakfast. All Yours

      Executive Deluxe 4.5 brm Home. Serviced With Pool and Breakfast. All Yours

      Giralang, ACT
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on a river, this historic vacation home is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from National Dinosaur Museum and 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from University of Canberra. Cockington Green and Federation Square are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Abode Gungahlin $80
        Abode Gungahlin

        Abode Gungahlin

        Cnr Anthony Rolfe Ave and Gribble St, Gungahlin, ACT
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of National Dinosaur Museum, University of Canberra, and Cockington Green. Federation Square and EPIC are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Pavilion on Northbourne $77
          Pavilion on Northbourne

          Pavilion on Northbourne

          242 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson, ACT
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra Centre, and Australian National University. Australian War Memorial and Canberra Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            35-modern ¢ral Hotelstyle Apartment, Free Wifi
            35-modern ¢ral Hotelstyle Apartment, Free Wifi

            35-modern ¢ral Hotelstyle Apartment, Free Wifi

            Gungahlin, ACT
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Gungahlin, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of National Dinosaur Museum, Cockington Green, and Federation Square. EPIC and Kamberra Function Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              33- Central & Private Hotelstyle Apt Free Wifi
              33- Central & Private Hotelstyle Apt Free Wifi

              33- Central & Private Hotelstyle Apt Free Wifi

              Gungahlin, ACT
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Gungahlin, this romantic apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of National Dinosaur Museum, Cockington Green, and Federation Square. EPIC and Kamberra Function Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                34- Cosy & Comfy Studio Hotelstyle Apt, Free Wifi
                34- Cosy & Comfy Studio Hotelstyle Apt, Free Wifi

                34- Cosy & Comfy Studio Hotelstyle Apt, Free Wifi

                Gungahlin, ACT
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Gungahlin, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of National Dinosaur Museum, Cockington Green, and Federation Square. EPIC and Kamberra Function Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).