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Dinosaurs: Monster Families

Discover the fascinating world of dinosaurs and their young in this family-focused interactive exhibition.

Dinosaurs: Monster Families shows how dinosaurs looked after their eggs, nests and babies.

Meet a replica of ‘Baby Louie’, the near-complete skeleton of a dinosaur hatchling, dig in the discovery pit, touch a real dinosaur leg bone and come face-to-face with T-Rex's relative – a life-size Tarbosaurus skeleton cast.

Plus have more fun at the interactive exploration stations, while dinosaurs 'fill' the room in vivid illustrations by artist Luis V Rey.

Alongside bird and crocodile specimens from the Horniman’s collection, visitors can also see a cast of an extinct Elephant Bird egg, one of which was famously found by Horniman patron Sir David Attenborough in Madagascar in 1960.  

Prehistoric Garden

To complement the exhibition, a new addition to the Horniman Gardens has been planted featuring some of the oldest plants on earth. The Prehistoric Garden displays of ‘living fossils’ – plant and tree species that have survived from the time of the dinosaurs.

Framed by trees from the period – a yew, redwood and Lawson cypress – the garden highlights plant species including ferns, horsetails, cycads and tree ferns, all known to have been growing in prehistoric times.

At the centre of the display is a prized Wollemi pine, a species thought to have been extinct but, amazingly, discovered in 1994 in an Australian location that is kept secret to preserve the species for future generations. 

The Prehistoric Garden is free to visit, and can be found at the highest point of the Horniman Gardens, overlooking the London skyline. 

From the Curator

We may think of dinosaurs as "monsters" but this exhibition reveals they were actually excellent parents who cared for their young...we can gain a new insight to the family lives of these creatures which continue to fascinate and enthral us.

Jo Hatton, Keeper of Natural History

Tickets and information

Dinosaurs: Monster Families will open at the Horniman Museum and Gardens from Saturday 13 February to Sunday 30 October 2016. Tickets can be bought from the link above.

Members enjoy free, unlimited visits to the exhibition.


Ticket Type


Family (2 adults, 2 children)

£    17.00

Family ticket with Gift Aid

£    18.70


£     7.00

Adult with Gift Aid

£     7.70


£     4.00

Child with Gift Aid

£     4.40

Under 3s may visit free of charge.