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Exhibition National Museum of Scotland


23 Jan - 4 May 2020

Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3



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Child (5–15) £6, Under 5s free
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The most comprehensive exhibition ever mounted on tyrannosaurs is coming to the National Museum of Scotland! Tyrannosaurs will explore the most feared and revered of all dinosaurs, bringing the latest palaeontological discoveries to life and challenging preconceptions about these ferocious predators.

While the most famous of the species is the mighty T. rex, tyrannosaurs came in all shapes and sizes, and their history extends over 100 million years. The exhibition will feature extremely rare fossil specimens, cast skeletons – including one of ‘Scotty’, one of the largest and most complete T. rex skeletons in the world – and incredible models of feathered dinosaurs. Visitors will also be able to explore the diversity of tyrannosaur skulls and find out what variations in structure can tell us about different hunting and feeding strategies. 

Above: Get up close to one of the many tyrannosaurs with our models, real fossils and casts. 

Tyrannosaurs uses cutting-edge technology, including hands-on and multimedia experiences to and an interactive augmented reality experience where visitors can play with life-sized dinosaurs in the gallery.

Above: Numerous interactives and multimedia experiences designed for all ages to entertain and inform. 

Despite their final demise during one of Earth’s biggest mass extinction events, tyrannosaurs live on both in popular imagination and even through to their present-day bird cousins. 

Tyrannosaur research is one of the hottest areas in palaeontology – several species have been described in just the past decade – and exciting new discoveries are regularly re-drawing the family tree. Discover how tyrannosaurs fit into the dinosaur family tree and explore the key features that define a tyrannosaur – features that make them different from other dinosaur groups.


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Tyrannosaurs reviews

'Jurassic thrills which will have kids gasping in the greatest amazement, and which are bound to make it a guaranteed hit.' 
The List


Herald Scotland


'Roarsome, jawsome, awesome!'
Primary Times

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Map and directions

We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. 


  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge. 
  • Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0.
  • There is an induction loop in the Auditorium.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.


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Created by the Australian Museum and toured internationally by Flying Fish

Australian Museum      Flying Fish

Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery 

Supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery, Awarded funds from Postcode Culture  Trust

Header image: Illustration of a Tyrannosaur walking across Edinburgh Castle esplanade.



Event programme to accompany the Tyrannosaurs exhibition.

Tyrannosaurus rex

Meet the 12 metre-long, spectacular life-sized skeleton cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the star attractions at the National Museum of Scotland.
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