Tyrannosaurs: Meet the family 

Term 4 only!
Limited places available


Discover the Tyrannosaur family tree, from the mighty T.rex right down to some of the tiniest of dinosaurs. Explore how Tyrannosaurs became the world's top  predators with their massive skulls, powerful jaws, and bone-crunching teeth. Featuring hands-on activities and dramatic multimedia, this exhibition will enthral students of all ages.

See fossil specimens, dinosaur models, and life-sized skeletons, and experience the might of these amazing creatures through augmented reality.

Primary and secondary programme

ECE programme

Teacher professional development

Book a Tyrannosaurs experience for your class!

A Te Papa educator will meet your group for a 15 minute introduction to the tyrannosaur family. Your students will then be given a mission to discover the distinguishing features of these prehistoric predators. In groups of 4 or 5, students will enter the exhibition, explore the interactive displays, and hunt for the answers!

Prior to your visit you will receive a teachers' kit with activities and resources to use before, during, and after your Tyrannosaurs experience. 

Suitable for: Year 1 - 10
Cost: $6.50 per student
Duration: Allow 60 minutes per class

Download your teachers' kit now (PDF, 10.5MB)

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ECE programme

Fossil Hunters

In this educator led programme, young children, aged 2 to 5 years, will become budding palaeontologists through hands-on, guided play that mirrors the work that these scientists really do!

We will start by excavating in our Fossil Dig in Bush City, using palaeontology tools, and then explore palaeontology methods through activities such as sorting and using magnifying glasses. We will find out together what dinosaurs are (and are not), and how we determine more about the life of these extinct creatures. 

Following these activities we will head up to the Tyrannosaurs: Meet the family exhibition on Level 4, to learn more about this specific family of dinosaurs through the discoveries of fellow fossil hunters. We expect to spend up to 30 minutes together in this space.

At the end of our hour together, your group is welcome to remain in the exhibition to explore further with your centre’s teachers and parent helpers. We recommend that you allow time in your schedule for this. 

Suitable for: ECE (ages 2 – 5 years)
Availability: Term 4, 2014,  10am or 11.30am start
Cost: $3 per child
Duration: 60 mins (allow extra time to self-guide in the exhibition too)

Download your ECE teachers' kit now (PDF, 3.56MB)

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Professional development for teachers

This session is now fully booked.

Come and learn about tyrannosaurs, and other dinosaurs and fossils, with scientists from GNS Science and Te Papa. They’ll help you deal with those tricky questions from the young dinosaur experts in your class!  You’ll also get a chance to see the exhibition, Tyrannosaurs: Meet the family, and learn how to use our Tyrannosaurs education resource to make the most of your class visit.

Sat 11 Oct
Level 4 Classroom and Visa Platinum Gallery
Suitable for: Primary teachers
Cost: $30 (includes morning tea)
Sorry, this session is now fully booked.


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