Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs exhibition at Melbourne Museum

Dino-obsessed kids can get up close and personal with Horridus as part of Melbourne Museum’s new permanent exhibition Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs.

Named after Triceratops horridus, the species to which Horridus belongs, this is one of the most globally significant palaeontological discoveries ever made and the most complete real dinosaur skeleton in any Australasian museum.

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Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs exhibition at Melbourne Museum
Image: Horridus the Triceratops in Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs, 2022, Melbourne Museum, Photographer: Eugene Hyland

Spread across two levels of Melbourne Museum, with interactive displays, digital projections, animations and soundscapes this epic exhibition traces the grand story of life over time from the age of the dinosaurs to their descendants still among us: birds.

Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs exhibition at Melbourne Museum
Image: Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs, 2022, Melbourne Museum, Photographer: Eugene Hyland

Despite being one of the largest herbivores ever to walk the planet, Triceratops disappeared in the aftermath of a cataclysmic event that devastated 75 percent of all animal species. The survivors of the age of dinosaurs alive today are reminders of the prospect of catastrophic biodiversity loss and what that might mean for the future of the natural world.

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Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs exhibition at Melbourne Museum
Image: Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs, 2022, Melbourne Museum, Photographer: Eugene Hyland

We are thrilled to introduce Horridus to the world and to have this internationally significant Triceratops on permanent display at Melbourne Museum, this will be a major attraction for visitors to our city and state. To stand before something so unlikely as to be almost impossible is truly awe-inspiring. Not only will Horridus provide an unmatched and unforgettable experience for our visitors but Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs tells an important, timely and inspiring story about the fragility of nature, and our relationship to the changing environment.

Lynley Crosswell

CEO & Director of Museums Victoria

Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs exhibition at Melbourne Museum
Image: Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs, 2022, Melbourne Museum, Photographer: Eugene Hyland

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Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs exhibition at Melbourne Museum
Image: Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs, 2022, Melbourne Museum, Photographer: Eugene Hyland

Families will meet Horridus up close with large-scale projections that light up the specimen’s 266 bones, including the most famous trio of horns on the planet, and an entire vertebral column. At an impressive 85% complete and weighing around 1000kg.

Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs exhibition at Melbourne Museum
Image: Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs, 2022, Melbourne Museum, Photographer: Eugene Hyland

Found in Montana USA, Horridus is one of only a handful of Triceratops skeletons on display around the world with all bones, from the skull to the tip of the tail, from one individual animal, making Horridus one of the world’s most important fossil finds in history.

Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs exhibition at Melbourne Museum
Image: Horridus the Triceratops in Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs, 2022, Melbourne Museum, Photographer: Eugene Hyland

Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs is a permanent exhibition at Melbourne Museum

Date: opens 12 March 2022
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Melbourne
Price: this exhibition is included with Museum entry. Adult $15, Child & Member free

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