Visit Us - Admission Prices 2019
Family: $45 (Extra Child $5)
Under 4: Free of Charge
If you are a regular visitor, you may even want to consider becoming a member.
The National Dinosaur Museum is open 7 days a week from 10am –5pm. Last admissions are at 4:00pm.
Free public tours are available at the weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and throughout ACT school holidays at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3 pm
2019 ACT School Holidays:
13 April - 28 April, 6 July - 21 July, 28 Sept - 13 Oct, 19 Dec - 02 Feb 2020
With 23 complete skeletons, and over 300 displays of individual fossils, the museum continues to grow and expand our collection and our depth of information.
Roam through our interactive dinosaur garden to get up close and personal with the dinosaurs including Canberra's famous Big Dinosaur, the larger than life Stan the T Rex.
Our gift shop contains the largest range of prehistoric gifts in Canberra with something to suit all ages. The fossil, crystal and minerals shop is home to one of the largest collections in Australia and is a mini museum in it's own right.
There is no admission fee if you would only like to visit the museum gift shop and will not be entering the museum galleries
Directions & Transportation
The National Dinosaur Museum is conveniently located in Gold Creek Village, Nicholls, on the the Barton Highway. It is close to other popular Canberra attractions including Cockington Green Gardens, the CBD, and the Airport. We have lots of free parking and coach access to nearby car parks.
6 Gold Creek Road
NICHOLLS, ACT 2913
Travel North on Northbourne Avenue (A23) for approximately 4.6 km's, then turn left onto Barton Hwy (A25). At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Barton Hwy (A25). Approximately 1.2 km's after the roundabout, turn right into Gold Creek Rd. You'll see The National Dinosaur Museum on the right, in Gold Creek Village.
· From Canberra City Centre: Take the wheelchair accessible light rail service from Alinga Street terminal on Northbourne Avenue to Gungahlin Place (12 stops, 24 minutes).Disembark, then proceed to the Gungahlin Place bus stop and connect to the wheelchair accessible Number 23 bus - Nicholls Loop via Crace & Palmerston (Direction: Nicholls Loop, 21 minutes).
Disembark at Federation Square and proceed to the National Dinosaur Museum (0.6 km)
· Use the Transport Canberra Journey Planner to find all route information from/to different locations
Gold Creek is located in Nicholls in the north of Canberra approximately 13 minutes from Belconnen and only 15 minutes from the Civic town-centre via Barton Highway.
From old fashioned lollies and toys, furniture and fashion to modern and aboriginal art; from an English pub, specialty teas and coffee beans to home decor and health and wellbeing, Gold Creek Village offers a fun filled day excursion for families in an unhurried and unique environment.
Established in 1993, the museum has grown from just a small collection to housing the largest permanent display of dinosaur and other prehistoric fossil material in Australia. Located in Gold Creek Village, the National Dinosaur Museum is now one of Canberra’s premier tourist attractions and offers an interactive insight into the Earth’s long and dynamic history. The museum houses life-like dinosaur models, full skeletons, skulls, and robotic dinosaurs and visitors can navigate through millions of years of Earth’s ancient past.
Focusing on education and entertainment, the museum offers a wide variety of activities to schools and the general public. From guided tours of the museum, to birthday parties for the kids, there is sure to be something to suit your needs.
The museum's gallery exhibits take you on a journey through time, from the Earth's very beginnings to some of the most recent animals. Through this you can follow the evolution of life, and see just how successful the dinosaurs were while touching and feeling authentic dinosaur bones and meteorites.
The museums experienced and enthusiastic staff host guided tours of the exhibitions at 12pm weekdays and at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm on weekends and during school holidays. These fun-filled and informative tours are tailored to suit children and adults of all ages and run for 30 minutes. Tours focus on key elements of the exhibition and discuss geological time scales, Australia’s prehistory, paleontological methods, how dinosaurs evolved and lived, climactic changes and events, and rise of the mega-fauna that followed dinosaur extinction.
The interactive children's area is a great space for the kids to make fossil rubbings, complete colouring-in activities, touch real minerals, or just relax on the dinosaur bean bags and watch a documentary.
The museum and gift shop also houses Canberra’s largest display of crystals and minerals. Discover the natural wonders of the Earth including Australian minerals, amethyst caves and polished stones. Rummage through the tumbled gem pit, crack open your own quartz geode, or view the huge range of fossil fish, ammonites, and meteorites for sale.
The gift shop also stocks a range of natural history books, dinosaur models, apparel, and toys.