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Dinosaurs: Monster Families, Horniman Museum & Gardens

Posted by on Saturday, 27 February, 2016 in Featured, Museums, News

Dinosaurs: Monster Families, Horniman Museum & Gardens

The Horniman’s annual temporary exhibitions are always a hit and the boys couldn’t wait for this year’s offering to open last week. We hot-footed it down there to have a look and here’s our review.

Readers of this blog will know that the Horniman Museum is our local and, as such, we are more than a little biased about how great it is. Nonetheless, it’s well-established that the Horniman really does know how to entertain families with young children and the latest exhibition, Dinosaurs: Monster Families, is no exception.

Following last year’s Plantastic! exhibition, the first thing that struck me was that Dinosaurs: Monster Families has fewer computer-based interactive exhibits and games and a greater focus on hands-on elements instead. The exhibition explores the way dinosaurs looked after their eggs, nests and babies: there are lots of dinosaur skeletons, along with models of fossilized bones, eggs and nests. Children are encouraged to touch the eggs and to have a go at putting the fragments of a large model dinosaur bone back together.

The big draw for little ones is a large pit full of what can only be described as rubber sand (like real sand but you don’t take most of it home with you on your clothes) where you can dig to uncover dinosaur bones and eggs. Expect to spend quite a while here…

Children can grab a magnifying glass and explorer hat to get in the mood for a spot of palaeontology; and elsewhere there are dinosaur toys, books, puzzles, magnets, a colouring-in station and a dressing up box to get stuck into.

Dino nest

Both my, admittedly somewhat dinosaur-obsessed, boys enjoyed what was on offer. We will no doubt be making many return trips between now and October when the exhibition closes.

Interest rating

Dinosaurs: Monster Families is bound to be a hit with all those dino-loving little ones out there. 


Tickets cost £7 (adult), £4 (child over 3), £17 (family). Free for members.

Opening hours

10.30am to 5.30pm every day until 30 October 2016.

Dinosaurs Monster Families


Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ



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