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Early Childhood

Dinosaurs and Fossils

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 session
Term 4, available Mon to Fri, 2016
Terms 1–4, Mon–Fri, 2017
Auckland Museum Weird & Wonderful discovery centre
Curriculum links
- Te Whāriki: Early Childhood Curriculum
Related galleries and exhibitions
Origins gallery


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.