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National Dinosaur Museum

Cnr Gold Creek Road and Barton Highway | Nicholls, 2913, Australia
+61 2 6230 2655
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Don't expect too much and take kids who like learning experiences

The other reviews are true - it is a bit tired and faded and 90s. And it's not cheap. But my nephew... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kylee T
Canberra, Australia
via mobile
Great little museum

My partner is a great fan of dinosaurs, and this didn't disappoint. A lot of models of dinosaurs... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Caleb R
via mobile
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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 follows the evolution of life, with a particular focus on dinosaurs. With an annual patronage of 100,000 visitors, the museum is one of the most popular attractions in the Australian Capital Territory. The gift shop stocks a range of natural history books, dinosaur replicas, toys, fossils, crystals, minerals and meteorites.
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Cnr Gold Creek Road and Barton Highway | Nicholls, 2913, Australia
+61 2 6230 2655

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The other reviews are true - it is a bit tired and faded and 90s. And it's not cheap. But my nephew LOVES it nonetheless - if nothing else, the outdoor area is quite fun, with the big dinosaurs and rocks to climb on. They've...More

Thank Kylee T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner is a great fan of dinosaurs, and this didn't disappoint. A lot of models of dinosaurs, including animatronic ones to keep you on your toes. Fossils of sea creatures are a must and they had some I hadn't seen before (spiky trilobite and...More

Thank Caleb R
Reviewed 1 week ago

My son was so excited to visit the museum...it was very obvious because he was dragging us from the parking lot to the museum entrance. Very entertaining and interesting, just take your time to read all the facts. The museum is good, with dinosaur replicas...More

Thank Kellybean09
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They mean well. They obviously get zero funding (it's not a "National" institution like the Portrait Gallery etc). It's just so tired and poorly done. Kids would probably get a kick out of the moving statues, but adults couldn't even get into it if they...More

Thank Annatravelsaround
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As the title says. Don't waste your time. After a family day trip to the ACT we thought we would give the kids a treat. $50 and 4 disappointed kids later. 90% of everything there is just fake foam and plaster ... not to mention...More

Thank Ken W
NDMuseum, Public Relations Manager at National Dinosaur Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Ken, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review - we appreciate visitors' feedback on their experiences at the National Dinosaur Museum as it helps us to shape and grow our museum into the future. We're glad you enjoyed the dinosaur...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For a national museum I probably expected something on a grander scale that what was there but it was an enjoyable afternoon out none the less. The mechanical dinosaurs were a real hit with the kids & the fossils on displays were quite interesting. Worth...More

Thank Paulie S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My children had a great time here. There are life like models at the entrance. Inside was very informative. My daughter enjoyed doing the scavenger hunt. The exhibits were well set out and very informative. It was well worth going to.

Thank Peter2012Jakarta
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't allow enough time for this museum, it would have been good to spend longer reading all the interesting facts about fossils & dinosaurs. The outdoor area was obviously a big hit with kids with many dinosaur statues & good photo opportunities. The museum...More

Thank lizandstu
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The name makes it sound like a major government museum. It's actually more like a badly run family business from the 70s. It's expensive at $45 for 2 adults 3 kids. It's very small. Most of the displays are fake plastic dinosaurs. The building is...More

Thank PeterBIack
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Took four kids (5yr -12yrs) there in the holidays and although the exhibits were awesome, what seem to delight them the most was the gift shop. If going in the school holidays make sure you catch the guided tour and the craft activities which are...More

Thank Tiziana D
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Response from Rohan F | Reviewed this property |
I would say no, depending on if you are going with young kids or not. If you have young kids they will be heavily distracted and pulled towards the Dino garden out the front (uncovered) If your kids are a bit older or if... More