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Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family 27 September 2014 to 8 February 2015

If you thought you knew tyrannosaurs, think again. Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family explores how these terrifying dinosaurs became the world’s top predators with their massive skulls, powerful jaws, and bone-crunching teeth.

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The most famous member of the family was the mighty T.rex, but did you know that tyrannosaurs came in all shapes and sizes? They included Guanlong, the 'crown dragon', and Dilong, the tiny 'emperor dragon' with a skeleton just 1 metre long.

Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family is an interactive exhibition featuring augmented reality, multimedia experiences, and hands-on fun to delight visitors of all ages. Be prepared for lots of surprises and goose-bump moments. You might even find yourself looking over your shoulder in terror!


Ticket Price
Family (4 people, maximum 2 adults) $30
Adult $14
Child (3-15 years) $6
Child 2 and under Free
Student $6
Concession (SuperGold Card, Community Services Card) $12
Friend of Te Papa $10

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Explore exciting Tyrannosaurs events – including sleepovers, talks from dinosaur experts and Jurassic beer-tasting.

Tyrannosaurs events

Activity trail

Budding dinosaur hunters! Tyrannosaur remains have been discovered at Te Papa! Help uncover them with our Tyrannosaurs Trail.

Tyrannosaurs Activity Trail

Jurassic Pale Ale from ParrotDog

With T. rex in town, and no dino beer on tap, we got ParrotDog to brew us one – an easy-drinking ale to quench a mighty thirst!
Why ParrotDog? They’re family, of course. Parrots, after all, descend from a distinguished line of avian coelurosaur theropods. As for ParrotDogs … well, they’re an evolutionary sensation.
Get the brew at Te Papa’s two cafes, on tap at ParrotDog in Vivian Street, and at all good craft beer outlets around Wellington and New Zealand. Plus, keep an eye out for our Jurassic beer-tasting events.

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Scotty has left the building

Scotty Leaving Te Papa

Scotty, the baby T.rex dinosaur who came to help us promote the exhibition has gone on a tour of the Lower North Island and will be heading back to his home in Australia on Monday. Come and visit his Tyrannosaur family members at Te Papa from 27 Sep in the exhibition. No puppets this time –you’ll see amazing casts and fossils from around the world, all together in NZ for the first time ever.

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Te Papa’s eNewsletter has all the latest news, fun facts, Tyrannosaur events and competitions. Don’t miss out!


Students can discover the distinguishing features of these prehistoric predators in Te Papa’s Tyrannosaurs education programme.

Tyrannosaurs education programmes

Don't forget to check out our exciting range of Tyrannosaurs gifts, from dinosaur books to velociraptor puppets – perfect for kids!

Exhibition Principal Sponsor: Mitre 10 Mega.An exhibition devloped and toured by the Australian Museum.Sponsored by Wellington City Council.Sponsored by Visa.Sponsored by Dulux.