$7 per adult
$5 for ages 3-18 and seniors ages 60+
FREE for museum members and members of ASTC participating museums. Admission is valid for both days of the festival.
Crowds roaring into the Virginia Museum of Natural History on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 for the museum’s Dino Festival will be greeted by the largest display of dinosaurs the museum has ever offered! Dinosaur Festival will feature life-size cast dinosaur skeletons, real dinosaur fossils, presentations by renowned paleontologists, as well as dino-themed activities and crafts.
Life-size cast skeletons and skulls!
A large, plant-eating dinosaur distinguishable by its large frill and three horns that lived during the Late Cretaceous period, from approximately 68 to 66 million years ago
A large, plant-eating dinosaur distinguishable by two rows of bony plates on its back that lived during the Late Jurassic period, from approximately 155 to 150 million years ago
A massive, carnivorous, theropod dinosaur that existed in what is now North America during the Early Cretaceous period, from approximately 125 million to 100 million years ago
A medium-sized, plant-eating dinosaur that roamed what is now western North America during the Middle Cretaceous period, from approximately 115 to 108 million years ago.
A large, carnivorous, theropod dinosaur of the Late Jurassic period, from approximately 155 to 150 million years ago
Tyrannosaurus rex (skull)
A large, carnivorous, theropod dinosaur that roamed what is now western North America during the Late Cretaceous period, from approximately 68 to 66 million years ago
A large, carnivorous predator that roamed what is now eastern North America during the Late Cretaceous period, from approximately 77 million years ago
A massive, long-necked herbivore that lived in what is now western North America during the Late Jurassic period, from approximately 154 to 152 million years ago
A dino fossil smorgasbord!
Beyond the spectacular displays, the festival will boast an abundance of dinosaur fossils, including the only fossil evidence that Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops engaged in battle.
"This is a really important specimen that has been well known within scientific circles throughout the world, but has never been on public exhibit before," said Hastings. "There has been fossil evidence before that indicates T. rex fed on Triceratops, based on tooth marks, but the fact that this particular fossil shows clear indications of healing allows us to safely conclude that the bite occurred while this Triceratops was alive and that it survived the battle.”
Fossils of many other dinosaurs will be on display throughout the festival, including specimens of some of the most well known dinosaurs, such as Stegosaurus (right).
"Being able to see real dinosaur fossils is an exciting experience for visitors, especially children," said Hastings. "There are plenty of movies and books that highlight dinosaurs, but there are very few places you can go to see the real thing."
Fossils that will be on display will largely be specimens not otherwise available for public exhibit and come from the collections of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, the Schiele Museum, Appalachian State University, Lynchburg College, and others.
A Jurassic Park themed virtual reality experience presented by U.S. Cellular, a dino dig pit, costumed dinosaurs, face painting, balloon animals, and a host of dino-themed children's activities and crafts will take place both days of the event.
The paleontology team will also present fossils they discovered on its dig in Wyoming this summer!