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Dinosaurs Hungry Hatchlings


Saturday, 11 May - Saturday, 9 November 2024

Admission: £5 for adults, £3 for children or £14 for a family of up to 5

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Dinosaurs: Hungry Hatchlings showcases how even the largest dinosaurs started life as eggs and tiny hatchlings.

Visitors can discover the secrets of dinosaur eggs and babies with amazing dinosaur specimens from around the world. The exhibition will follow iconic dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, and Diplodocus on their perilous journey from egg to adult. Skeletons, authentic models, and stunning artworks will bring the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods to life.

The exhibition will also showcase dinosaurs fossils from the local area including Iguanodon and Horshamasaurus kindly loaned from Brighton and Hove Museums and Horsham Museum.

Councillor Jess Brown-Fuller, Cabinet Member for Culture and Events at Chichester District Council, says: 'We usually think of dinosaurs as huge and ferocious monsters, but they all started life as eggs and babies. We're really excited to host this exhibition which shows a softer side to some of the most fearsome prehistoric predators. It's sure to be a hit with visitors of all ages!'

To coincide with the exhibition, the museum will be offering a new workshop, 'Hungry Hatchlings', and a dinosaur loan box for schools. This workshop will explore the life cycle and habitats of dinosaurs and delve into how their skeletons helped them survive and move in their natural habitats. The workshop will take place in the 'Dinosaurs' gallery, giving children the chance to see the skeletons and models up close whilst their imaginations will transform them into mini dinosaurs! The loan box will include a selection of real and replica fossils, looking at animals and habitats during the dinosaur age, as well as the role of a palaeontologist. For more information, visit or email

This exhibition will replace the popular Star Wars themed 'May The Toys Be With You', which closes on Saturday, 20 April 2024.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of activities, including a very exciting VIP (Very Important Palaeontologists) opening event. As well as the opportunity to be one of the very first visitors to the exhibition, budding palaeontologists can take part in craft activities and get up close and watch a dinosaur show with realistic baby and adult dinosaurs! Tickets for the launch event start from £18 per child, find out more: Hungry Hatchings VIP Experience

Dinosaurs: Hungry Hatchlings opens at The Novium Museum on Saturday, 11 May - Saturday, 9 November 2024. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for children or £14 for a family of up to 5.

Dinosaurs Quiet Sessions are available. These sessions are aimed at anyone who feels that they would benefit from a more relaxed experience when visiting May The Toys Be With You including, but not limited to, adults and children with autism and other sensory or mental health needs and adults living with dementia. 

Entry to the rest of the museum remains free, with donations gratefully accepted.

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