Explore the massive dinosaur exhibit in Houston, Texas. Discovery guide Alexander Ruff takes us on a tour of the Morian Hall of Paleontology at the Museum of Natural Science. The huge exhibition hall is full of ancient life and is almost 30,000 square feet, or about as large as an American football field.
Video tour of the massive dinosaur exhibit in Houston
Dipsy the Diplodocus
Here you can find some of the most interesting and largest dinosaurs in Texas, including flying reptiles. The hall features three Tyrannosaurus rex (commonly referred to as T. rex), mammoths, mammuthus and the gigantic skeleton of Dipsy the Diplodocus. Dipsy was the first dinosaur to arrive at the Museum of Natural Science in 1975.
A trilobite, one of the oldest life forms on earth
The display opens with one of the oldest life forms on earth, a trilobite, dating from about 540 million years ago.
The prehistoric Dimetrodon is often mistaken for a dinosaur but is actually a sail-backed lizard. It is a Permian Fossil and was found in the Permian basin of west Texas, where it roamed the earth about 250 million years ago.
The most famous Triceratops in the world
The museum features one of the most famous and most complete Triceratops in the world, called Lane. It was named after the grandson of the woman who found it on her family ranch in Wyoming. The Triceratops is 80 per cent complete and there are even skin impressions on the wall behind the exhibit.
Quetzalcoatlus, the largest flying reptile
The Quetzalcoatlus is one of the largest flying creatures ever discovered. It dates from the North American Late Cretaceous period around 66 million years ago.
Deinonychus, made famous by the Jurassic Park movie
Most people will recognize Deinonychus as the Velociraptor as seen in the movie Jurassic Park. The Deinonychus usually hunted in packs of about 30. The have very powerful claws on the feet that would grab on to prey they hunted.
Houston’s Museum of Natural Science has the world’s only skeleton of the Didelphodon. For more than 100 years paleontologists thought this creature was like a big opossum but new evidence shown by this skeleton reveals it has the face of Tasmanian devil and the body is more like a river otter.
Houston’s Museum of Natural Science is one of the most visited museums in North America. It has 17 permanent exhibits and numerous visiting exhibitions, a planetarium, a giant screen theater, the Cockrell Butterfly Center and more. Book a discovery tour with one of the museum’s experts when you visit the museum. Avoid lineups by purchasing tickets in advance here. Download a map of the museum.
Plan your visit. The museum can be very busy weekday mornings and on weekends. You can call HMNS to ask about anticipated crowds 713-639-4629.
The museum is located at 5555 Hermann Park Dr. in Houston, Texas.
Find out more about the massive dinosaur exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science website.
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