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Dinosaurs and Fossils

Term 1, Wed-Fri, 2018

Learn about the prehistoric creatures that once lived on our planet through our Palaeontology collection's items relating to herbivore and carnivore dinosaurs.

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Early childhood learners, maximum 30 students
$5 per student for a one-hour programme
Term 1, Wed-Fri, 2018
Auckland Museum Weird & Wonderful discovery centre
Curriculum links
- Te Whāriki: early childhood curriculum
Related galleries and exhibitions


Discover the carnivores and herbivores of the pre-historic past

Delivered from our Weird & Wonderful discovery centre, our Dinosaurs and Fossils programme aims to inspire early childhood learners to become future scientists and palaeontologists. Learners are spurred on a mission to become palaeontologists so they can discover various dinosaurs and and learn their identifying characteristics. This fun and interactive approach highlights well-known carnivore and herbivore dinosaurs while helping children learn what a palaeontologist does!

The programme aims to connect learners with the Museum's palaeontology collections, curators and scientists by:

  • describing the role of an paleontologist
  • investigating the different types of dinosaurs that were once found in New Zealand
  • introducing learners to Joan Wiffen, the amateur paleontologist who helped discover that dinosaurs once lived in New Zealand
  • encouraging children to engage and discover the handling collections and further explore the characteristics of these items
  • observing and identifying the differentiating features of a variety of dinosaurs.