Hurry! Closing in

days hours minutes seconds
Get your tickets now!

Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family 27 September 2014 to 8 February 2015

The clock’s counting down! Have you met the family yet? Come and see some of the world’s top predators up close and personal. Prepare yourself for goose-bumps, lots of surprises and interactive fun for all ages in this hugely successful exhibition!

If you thought you knew tyrannosaurs, think again. Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family explores how these terrifying dinosaurs became the world’s top predators with their massive skulls, powerful jaws, and bone-crunching teeth.

The latest from Scotty

The most famous member of the family was the mighty T.rex, but did you know that tyrannosaurs came in all shapes and sizes? They included Guanlong, the 'crown dragon', and Dilong, the tiny 'emperor dragon' with a skeleton just 1 metre long.

Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family is an interactive exhibition featuring augmented reality, multimedia experiences, and hands-on fun to delight visitors of all ages. Be prepared for lots of surprises and goose-bump moments.


Ticket Price
Family (4 people, maximum 2 adults) $30
Adult $14
Child (3-15 years) $6
Child 2 and under Free
Student $6
Concession (SuperGold Card, Community Services Card) $12
Friend of Te Papa $10

Get your tickets now!

App – Tyrannosaurs summer selfie

Tyrannosaurs Photo Bomb App

Are you brave enough to get up close and personal with a Tyrannosaur? Come into Te Papa over the holiday period to get a photo of yourself standing up to, or running from, a member of the Tyrannosaurs Family at our new green screen in our ROARsome exhibition!

Not in Wellington? You can pimp your summer selfie with our Tyrannosaurs Photobomb app #TRexontour:
App Store – Download #TRexontour for Apple devices
Play Store – Download #TRexontour for Android devices

Tyrannosaurs events

Dare to take part in our Tyrannosaurs events – including sleepovers, tours at twilight, talks from dinosaur experts and Jurassic beer-tasting.

Tyrannosaurs events

Family trail

Budding dinosaur hunters! Tyrannosaur remains have been discovered at Te Papa! Help uncover them with our Tyrannosaurs Trail.

Tyrannosaurs family trail

Jurassic Pale Ale from ParrotDog

With T. rex in town, and no dino beer on tap, we got ParrotDog to brew us one – an easy-drinking ale to quench a mighty thirst!

Why ParrotDog? They’re family, of course. Parrots, after all, descend from a distinguished line of avian coelurosaur theropods. As for ParrotDogs … well, they’re an evolutionary sensation.
Get the brew at Te Papa’s two cafes, on tap at ParrotDog in Vivian Street, and at all good craft beer outlets around Wellington and New Zealand. Plus, keep an eye out for our Jurassic beer-tasting events.

ParrotDog on Facebook

Scotty's on tour

Scotty Leaving Te Papa

Scotty, the baby T. rex who came over to visit his family has gone back to Australia but you can still visit his family here at Te Papa until 8 Feb 2015. Bring your family to meet Scotty’s Tyrannosaur relatives in the exhibition. No puppets this time – you’ll see amazing fossils and casts from around the world, all together in New Zealand for the first time.

Dinosaur created by Erth Visual & Physical Inc.
Erth Visual & Physical Inc.


Teachers, here's all the background on tyrannosaurs and fossils you'll need, along with curriculum links and fun student activities for before, during, and after your visit. Programmes for ECE, primary and secondary schools are on offer.

Tyrannosaurs education programmes

Dinosaurs at Te Papa Store!

Check out our exciting range of tyrannosaurs gifts, from dinosaur books to velociraptor puppets – perfect for kids!

Shop now

Dino Videos

Good at puzzles? Reckon you could build a 12-metre Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton? Watch what it takes as Scotty the T. rex takes shape at Te Papa.

Building a T. rex at Te Papa

Watch what happens when some dinosaurs break out of a cereal box to visit their friend Scotty T. Rex at Te Papa.

Dinosaur Toy Stampede

Keep up to date with the tyrannosaur family

Te Papa’s eNewsletter has all the latest news, fun facts, tyrannosaur events and competitions. Don’t miss out!

Exhibition Principal Sponsor: Mitre 10 Mega.An exhibition devloped and toured by the Australian Museum.Sponsored by Wellington City Council.Sponsored by Visa.Sponsored by Dulux.