Let's go back in time and travel to the Mesozoic Era, between 251 and 66 million years ago. Our planet is hot, humid, rich in vegetation and filled with exotic species. Giants with long necks or creatures the size of pigeons, covered with scales and feathers, spines or plates. Dinosaurs inhabited planet Earth and challenge our imagination!



Currently, on average, a new species of dinosaur is discovered every week. What did they eat? How did they camouflage or defend themselves from others? What mating or parental care rituals did they display? The use of innovative technologies allows to answer these and many other questions about an unknown world.

In this exhibition, we can be part of an exciting rediscovery of the past. Reimagining is as essential as discovering for the first time!

Open until september 2023


Model Dinosaurs

Species we have known since we were kids and everything that science has discovered about the world of dinosaurs, using the latest research techniques

Portuguese Dinos

For the first time, the dinosaurs who lived in the territory that is now Portugal are drawn to scale. On the largest wall of the Pavilion of Knowledge, the largest collection of national species of these giants. Did you imagine that dinosaurs so diverse and colorful once walked this territory?

Mission: Excavation

In an excavation, a trained eye is an important tool: distinct shapes, patterns, or colours on a rock may unveil the next iconic fossil of history of life on Earth.

Underneath the thin layer of sand, something is hiding. 3, 2, 1... let’s dig. And then go to the lab, study and make a discovery!

The Field Tent

Digging up a fossil and unveiling its story is a fascinating but tough task. It all starts with the question: “What am I looking for?”. An expedition may take months, access to the fossil sites can be dangerous and weather conditions will not always be favourable. It is advisable to add a good dose of luck and patience to the luggage!

Time Machines

Palaeontologists spend more time in the lab than in excavation sites. It is also in the lab that innovative and sophisticated techniques work like time machines, allowing them to rewrite nearly everything we know about dinosaurs and other organisms from the past.

Take a CT scan of a dinosaur skull or discover why microfossils are important. Find out which sounds dominated the Cretaceous and learn how to scientifically illustrate a dinosaur.

General Info


Tuesday to Friday; | 10:00-18:00

Weekends | 10:00-19:00

Holidays | 10:00-19:00

Monday | Closed




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