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July 27, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

**PLEASE NOTE  THAT THE TIMES OF THE FESTIVAL HAVE CHANGED**
The Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27.


 
DINO FESTIVAL

Friday, July 26 and Saturday July 27
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission (Tickets available at the door)
$7/adult, $5/ages 3-18
Free for children under 3
Free for museum members
Free for members of ASTC Passport participating institutions
Groupons accepted

Crowds roaring into the Virginia Museum of Natural History on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 for the museum’s Dino Festival will be greeted by an awesome assortment of life-size cast dinosaur skeletons, real dinosaur fossils, presentations by renowned paleontologists, as well as dino-themed activities and crafts!  Fossil displays to be provided by the National Museum of Natural History, Virginia Museum of Natural History, Appalachian State University, University of Lynchburg, and the North Carolina Fossil Club.

  


 
Life-size cast skeletons and skulls!


Platecarpus tympaniticus

A 17 foot long cast skeleton of a massive sea serpent or reptile that lived 81 to 84 million years ago during the Cretaceous period. This animal once swam in waters that covered what is now the central United States.

Triceratops
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

Stegosaurus
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

Acrocanthosaurus
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

Allosaurus
A large, carnivorous, theropod dinosaur of the Late Jurassic period, from approximately 155 to 150 million years ago

Dromaeosaurus (skull)
A medium-sized carnivore that lived in what is now the western United States and Alberta, Canada during the Late Cretaceous from approximately 77 to 74 million years ago

Albertosaurs (skulll)
A genus of tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaurs that lived in western North America during the Late Cretaceous Period, from approximately 70 million years ago

Edmontosaurus (skull)
A genus of duck-billed dinosaur that lived in western North America during the Cretaceous Period approximately 73 to 66 million years ago.

Dunkleosteus (skull)
An armored fish from a group of fish called plackoderms that lived approximately 360 to 380 million years ago.



A Dino Fossil Masterpiece!

Beyond the spectacular displays, the festival will boast an abundance of dinosaur fossils from the Virginia Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of Natural History, including the only fossil evidence that Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops engaged in battle!



Festivities abound!

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.



Special thanks to our event sponsors!

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