The National Dinosaur Museum

The National Dinosaur Museum

The National Dinosaur Museum
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Speciality MuseumsChildren's Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The National Dinosaur Museum is Australia's largest permanent display of prehistoric specimens, located in Gold Creek Village near Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. The Museum's exhibition galleries follows the evolution of the planet, with a particular focus on dinosaurs. The galleries have authentic fossils, replica dinosaurs and skeletons, as well as animatronics. Our large dinosaur garden has plenty of photo opportunities and is a great place for kids to let off steam. We have 2 undercover deck areas with outdoor games and tables and chairs for guests to bring their own picnics. The gift shop stocks Canberra's largest selection of crystals, fossils, minerals and gemstones as well as a range of natural history books, dinosaur replicas, toys, clothing and meteorites.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Shane S
    Melbourne, Australia487 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Over priced for what it is.
    Looks good from the outside. Once you are in not really much to do For the 20.00 per adult is way too expensive. Then you have to deal with all the prams everywhere. In some places you can’t even get past them because it’s not enough room. The kids enjoyed the playground more than the museum. Would have been there for maybe a hour There’s a lot of exhibits but some have toy dinosaurs as the example.
    Hi, Thank you for your feedback. We recommend that you avoid school holidays and public holidays. We hope to see you back at the museum again. Thank you.
    Written 5 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Ivy P
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Birthday party was a blast
    My son had his 6th birthday at the museum and we were happy with the flow of the program conducted by the hosts. They were knowledgeable and managed to handle respectfully all the endless questions from our inquisitive little ones. The museum itself was well-presented and the just bursting with everything dinosaur even the gift shops. Really worth visiting!
    Hello, Thank you so much for your feedback. We are glad your son had a blast of a time! We look forward to welcoming you again.
    Written 10 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 September 2023
  • 301Eric
    Melbourne, Australia85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place for children and adults.
    A very well equipped museum. Real fossils, models and reproductions, videos and animatronic dinosaurs. Not too expensive and their are areas to sit and enjoy the view. Also a large collection of crystals for sale (if that's your thing). Did not see any cafe, it could do with one. Otherwise, very good. Despite the name there are other paleontalogical specimens there, not just dinosaurs.
    Hi Eric, Thank you for the 5-star review and great feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back here again.
    Written 21 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Ken C
    Southern Queensland, Australia386 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A well thought out museum
    I’m a dinosaur nut (I think my 35 year old son despairs) so I couldn’t pass up seeing the dinosaur museum. It’s extremely well laid out with audiovisual & static display that balances the needs of an adult plus the stimulation that a child needs. The information has been well curated and is mostly accurate. There are small inaccuracies but overall very educational.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 November 2023
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Ian R
Sydney, Australia456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
There’s a brief moment – just before you part with your hard-earned money – when you ask ‘is this worth it?’ It’s not like there’ll be actual dinosaurs; this isn’t Jurassic Park, Dr Ellie Sattler won’t be there to answer my questions…
The museum, it turns out, is a well curated collection of prehistoric bones and teeth, fossils, life-sized dinosaur models and at least something from every -saurus, -atops, -raptor, -anodon, -coatlus and -mimus they ever put a prefix on. If you don’t find something to interest you, you’re probably already extinct.
Yes, it is worth it. I came out with an IQ at least 5 points higher
Written 20 January 2024
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Ken C
Southern Queensland, Australia386 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I’m a dinosaur nut (I think my 35 year old son despairs) so I couldn’t pass up seeing the dinosaur museum.

It’s extremely well laid out with audiovisual & static display that balances the needs of an adult plus the stimulation that a child needs.

The information has been well curated and is mostly accurate. There are small inaccuracies but overall very educational.
Written 28 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

301Eric
Melbourne, Australia85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A very well equipped museum. Real fossils, models and reproductions, videos and animatronic dinosaurs. Not too expensive and their are areas to sit and enjoy the view. Also a large collection of crystals for sale (if that's your thing). Did not see any cafe, it could do with one. Otherwise, very good. Despite the name there are other paleontalogical specimens there, not just dinosaurs.
Written 21 September 2023
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Hi Eric, Thank you for the 5-star review and great feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back here again.
Written 21 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ivy P
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
My son had his 6th birthday at the museum and we were happy with the flow of the program conducted by the hosts. They were knowledgeable and managed to handle respectfully all the endless questions from our inquisitive little ones. The museum itself was well-presented and the just bursting with everything dinosaur even the gift shops. Really worth visiting!
Written 10 September 2023
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Hello, Thank you so much for your feedback. We are glad your son had a blast of a time! We look forward to welcoming you again.
Written 10 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Shane S
Melbourne, Australia487 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
Looks good from the outside. Once you are in not really much to do
For the 20.00 per adult is way too expensive.
Then you have to deal with all the prams everywhere.
In some places you can’t even get past them because it’s not enough room.
The kids enjoyed the playground more than the museum.
Would have been there for maybe a hour
There’s a lot of exhibits but some have toy dinosaurs as the example.
Written 7 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi, Thank you for your feedback. We recommend that you avoid school holidays and public holidays. We hope to see you back at the museum again. Thank you.
Written 6 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lankylee
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia1,136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
This is a well done theme park. Grandson has been fascinated by dinosaurs but was a little taken back by some displays. A mix of palaeontology, Hollywood, and imagination. Most under 10 will love it.
Written 1 April 2023
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Hi, Thank you very much for your feedback. We look forward to your next visit.
Written 6 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Herman
Armidale, Australia498 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We did our own self-guided tour and we learned heaps. I had my three teenage boys with me and they loved it. Very hands-on and interactive and the gardens with dinosaurs and jeeps were much enjoyed - especially as they showed the size and scale. As for the massive amatheyst boulders - just beautiful even if unaffordable!
Written 21 January 2023
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Hi Paul, Thank you for the lovely feedback. We are glad that you and your boys enjoyed your visit. We look forward to your next one!
Written 6 September 2023
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Kate P
Albury, Australia1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
VERY overpriced for very little. Nothing interactive. Very boring for little children to walk around and look at statues… with everything inside exceptional fragile also not good with children
Written 4 November 2022
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Hi Kate, Thank you for visiting us. We would love to see you again and I would like to personally walk you through the space. I am sure you will be quite surprised by the amount of activities we have on offer for really little children :) Sincerely, Carole
Written 6 September 2023
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Aley
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Such a great experience for all ages!! Well set out, plenty of things for the kids to engage with. Would definitely visit again.
Written 21 October 2022
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Hi, Thank you for your feedback. We would love to welcome you back to the museum soon!
Written 6 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,366 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Small children, boys in particular, are fascinated by dinosaurs, the giant lizards that once ruled the Earth. The National Dinosaur Museum is a private institution. It has animatronic dinosaurs, life-like dinosaur models, interactive displays and a number of full dinosaur skeletons and skulls. The Museum traces the evolution of life on Earth. The Museum is just out of Canberra, located in Gold Creek Road. The Museum hosts children's parties, it's fun and educational.
Written 19 October 2022
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Hi, Thank you so much fro your wonderful support and we look forward to seeing you again at the museum:)
Written 6 September 2023
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