Coming soon Exhibition National Museum of Scotland


23 Jan - 4 May 2020

Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3


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Meet the most feared and revered of all dinosaurs in this cutting-edge exhibition, bringing the latest discoveries in palaeontology to life and challenging preconceptions about these ferocious predators.


Members free
Adult £12, Over 60s £10, Student, Unemployed, Disabled £9
Child (5–15) £6, Under 5s free
Family of 3* £22, Family of 4* £29
Carers of disabled people free

* Must include at least 1 adult and 1 child

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.

In this exhibition, visitors of all ages can explore the tyrannosaur family tree, find out how they evolved from carnivores little bigger than ourselves to massive top predators, and learn how exciting new discoveries are challenging what we know about these dinosaurs.

© James Horan

See rare fossil specimens, incredible models of feathered tyrannosaurs, and life-size cast skeletons including ‘Scotty’, one of the largest and most complete T. rex skeletons in the world.

Through an augmented reality experience and large-scale projections, interact with life-size dinosaurs in real time inside the gallery, and walk side by side with T. rex and other tyrannosaurs as they explore Edinburgh.

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

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

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

Above: The exhibition features a range of hands-on interactives and multimedia experiences designed for all ages. Photo © James Horan.


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Getting here

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street


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.


Find out more about our access information.

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: Cast of Scotty – one of the world’s most complete T. rex specimens measuring 4.6m x 11m - comes to life with animated shadow projections. Photo © James Horan.



Event programme to accompany the Tyrannosaurs exhibition.

Tyrannosaurus rex

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