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Life Before Dinosaurs - Permian Monsters


  • Nelson Provincial Museum 270 Trafalgar Street Nelson, Nelson, 7010 New Zealand (map)
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Something BIG has arrived…

Step back in time 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea, and find out about the greatest extinction the world has ever seen in Life Before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters. This exhibition brings the past back to life with fossilised skeletons and full-size animatronic models of monsters that ruled the world long before the age of dinosaurs, in a time known as the Permian.

See giant insects, bizarre looking sharks and strange reptiles with mammal-like characteristics and meet the top predator of the time, the giant saber toothed Gorgonopsid Inostrancevia. This is the Summer Exhibition not to be missed!

  • Ages 5+ recommended at parent’s discretion, but all ages welcome

  • Bookings recommended to avoid queues

  • Special viewings available, click ‘Buy Tickets’ for details.


Session times:

  • Monday to Friday

    • 9 AM - 10 AM (EARLY BIRD special)

    • Every hour from 10 AM (Museum closes at 5 PM)

  • Week-ends and Public Holidays

    • 9 AM - 10 AM (EARLY BIRD special)

    • Every hour from 10 AM (Museum closes at 4:30 PM)

  • Wednesdays (Every fortnight)

    • 5 PM - 6 PM (‘Just for Grown-Ups’ special)


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Earlier Event: September 19
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