01-04-2012 - 31-03-2013
Open: Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm
Closed: 25 & 26 December & 1 January.
Discover the Earths past through its fossil record and find out how amazing some of these creatures were. Learn about the major changes to the landscape and the animals and plants that were around millions of years ago. Visitors can become palaeontologists and re-assemble a pre-historic creature using virtual technology. Sound, touch and animation brings alive a world that disappeared millions of years ago. This gallery also has a display on Crystals and Gems providing a sparkling story about minerals their formation, function and beauty. Star objects include a full-sized skeleton of T-rex, live animal tanks, fossil trees, and a huge ichthyosaur fossil (fish lizard). Image credit: T.rex original in the Museum of the RockiesGreat North Museum: Hancock