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Expedition: Dinosaur

On exhibit February 17 through Sept. 3, 2018

Castle Memorial Building, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum’s newest traveling family exhibit explores the fascinating world of dinosaurs and the hunt for their fossils in the 19th and early 20th century with Expedition: Dinosaur from Stage Nine Exhibitions.

Visitors will come face to face with a dozen life-sized and lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that growl and move. Guests to the exhibit will even be able to control the sound and movements of four of the gigantic beasts.

Some of the dinosaurs on display include:

A Kentrosaurus,  relative of the Stegosaurus, remarkable for the rows of plates on its back and the spiked “thagomizer” on its tail

A Dilophosaurus  with ornate head crests

A triceratops with its famous three-horned face

A Stegosaurus that visitors can control the motions of

A pair of Velociraptors scheming to attack their next meal

The ferocious predator Albertosaurus, a close relative of T. rex

Two Pachycephalosauruses engaged in a head-butting duel to determine dominance

A juvenile Amargasaurus with its impressive neck spines

Exhibit Add-on Fee:

Effective January 1, 2018, an additional exhibit add-on fee of $4.95* is required for entry to Expedition: Dinosaur and can be purchased at the Admission Desk.

*Members at the Patron level and above enjoy free admission to the Expedition Dinosaur exhibit (February 17 – September 3, 2018) in the Castle Memorial Building. This benefit also applies to member guests as outlined in our membership benefits. Please stop by the Admissions Desk to pick up your dinosaur wristbands.

Members at the Friend, Senior and Dual/Family levels are eligible to purchase a discounted dinosaurs admission ticket at $2.95 per person ($4.95 for non-members). Please stop by the Admissions Desk to purchase your dinosaur admission tickets and to pick up your dinosaur wristbands.

Expedition: Dinosaur will feature several special exhibits:

  • Animatronic Dinosaurs-Visitors will come face to face with a dozen life-sized and lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that growl, move, and roar. Guests to the exhibit will even be able to control the sound and movements of four of the gigantic beasts.

  • Hands-on interactive stations-Guests will find a number of hands-on interactives that explain dinosaur movement, digestion, and evolution. There will be places to draw and color your favorite dinosaurs as well as a photo op inside the mouth of everyone’s favorite thunder lizard, Tyrannosaurus rex.

  • Dinosaur hunters’ “Bone Wars” Campaign Tent-Explores the colorful history of dinosaur hunters, from the cutthroat “Bone Wars” of the late 1800s to the adventurer and naturalist who inspired the fictional “Indiana Jones.”

  • Futuristic Dinosaur Research Lab with video stations-Visitors can learn about modern scientific research that utilizes powerful neutron and x-ray CT scans to create incredibly detailed 3D fossil models. These enable researchers to see previously hidden structures inside the skull of a T. Rex.


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To learn more about dinosaurs and how they lived, see the new Planetarium Show, Dinosaur Prophecy opening Feb. 17, 2018.

Long before the mass extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago, many individual species simply disappeared. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones, and reconstruct how these creatures lived and died to solve four famous cold cases from the age of the dinosaurs. (25 minutes.  Suggested for ages 6 and up.)

Click here for tickets to Dinosaur Prophecy.

FACE to FACE Encounter

Bishop Museum Presents a FACE to FACE Encounter with the newest member of our ʻohana, a curious 15-foot walking roaring adolescent Tyrannosaurus rex!

Encounter is approximately 10 minutes long and is on a first come, first serve basis.  Program takes place in front of Castle Building and Hawaiian Hall.  May be scary for very small children.

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