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Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs

13 May - 13 August 2017

Admission fees apply

Step back in time 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea. Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs brings the past back to life with fossilised skeletons and full-size models of the animals that ruled the world millions of years before the age of dinosaurs, in a time known as the Permian.

The Permian period ended with the largest extinction Earth ever experienced, which wiped out 90 per cent of all species on the planet. The cause of the end-Permian devastation had baffled scientists before a recent discovery shed new light on the cause of this catastrophe: global warming. Find out how this familiar
phenomenon, started by a huge volcanic eruption, set off a chain of events that led to this mass extinction.

The exhibition blends art and science with a collection of new artwork by award-winning paleo-artist Julius Csotonyi. View the amazing collection of fossils and models from this relatively unknown time period, and dig and identify remains in the interactive dig pits. Meet the top predator of the time, the giant sabertoothed gorgonopsid Inostrancevia and find out what nearly killed them all to make way for Earth’s next rulers, the dinosaurs.

Related events 

A Permian Odyssey Talk with Dr Hamish Campbell - 30 July.


Adult - $12 
Child (4 to 14 years) - $8
Child 0-3 years - Free
Concession* - $10
Small Family (one adult and two children) - $20
Large Family (two adults and up to four children) - $40


Combo deal

Pay half price for Exscite and Milk Matters when you purchase a Permian Monsters ticket.

Combo Admission:

Adult - $14.50 
Child (4 to 14 years) - $12
Concession* - $12
Small Family (one adult and two children) - $29
Large Family (two adults and up to four children) - $57.50

 *Concession applies to students, Friends of Waikato Museum, seinor citizens and Community Services Card holders. ID required.


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