Ngā Taniwha o RūpapaDinosaurs of Patagonia

Meet the astonishing dinosaurs of Patagonia, South America – including Patagotitan, one of the most massive creatures ever to walk the planet. Encounter life-sized casts, and real fossils up to 180 million years old. Get hands-on with models, and create your own virtual dino! 

When | Āhea

16 Dec 2023 – 28 Apr 2024

Where | Ki hea

Amokura, Level 4

Cost | Te utu
  • Adult: $29.90

  • Child (3–15 incl): $14.90

  • More ticket prices below

  • Tickets can be purchased online or in person at Te Papa


All ages


60 mins

Accessibility | E wātea ana ki
  • wheelchair accessible

  • wharepaku | toilet – all gender, accessible

  • variable light levels, including darker areas

  • some seating

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Step into the desert of Patagonia and discover incredible new fossil finds. See how palaeontologists reconstruct the past, and journey back in time to explore dinosaur adaptations and environments. Patagonia and Aotearoa New Zealand were part of Gondwana when dinosaurs ruled – could similar dinosaurs have roamed here?

This family-friendly exhibition includes models, fossils, videos, and fun activities – walk like a dino, sound like a dino, even create a virtual dino!

Highlights include:

  • a 30-metre-long cast of Patagotitan

  • eleven other precise casts, from tiny Manidens to ferocious Tyrannotitan, which preyed on Patagotitan

  • one of the biggest fossilised bones ever found: Patagotitan’s femur.

Ticket prices

  • Adult: $29.90

  • Concession (Friends, student, SuperGold, Community Services Card): $22.50

  • Child (3–15 incl): $14.90

  • Family A (1 adult, 2 children): $49.90

  • Family B (2 adults, 2 children): $74.90

  • Tickets can be purchased online or in person at Te Papa

  • Booking fees apply for online tickets

  • Extra fees apply for Anytime tickets

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This touring exhibition from Argentina’s Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio will be at Te Papa from 16 December 2023 to 28 April 2024.

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