World exclusive exhibition


This exhibition tells the story of a dinosaur revolution.

Dinosaurs of China at Wollaton Hall is a one-time only world exclusive exhibition of dinosaurs. Featuring fossils and specimens never before seen outside of Asia, the collection brings to life the story of how dinosaurs evolved into the birds that live alongside us today. With over 55,000 tickets sold to date since its opening on 1 July, it runs to 29 October.

New fossil discoveries in China over recent years have revolutionised our understanding of dinosaurs’ appearance, behaviour and evolution. We’ve hand-picked some of the most spectacular new fossils from China, bringing them to Europe for the first time with many of the species on display new to science, only discovered in the last 20 years. 

Some things never change: many dinosaurs were giant, scaly, ‘ground-shakers’. Some of the towering skeletons on display will be amongst the tallest ever seen in the UK. However, this view of dinosaurs is now part of a more diverse picture as many dinosaurs were tiny; some species had feathers, and a number of species even evolved flight. These ‘feathered-flyers’ eventually evolved into birds. Hence birds are dinosaurs that learned how to fly…..

Featuring 3D mounted skeletons, detailed replicas and original fossils there’s loads to see and enjoy.

  • Check out our events for information on activities including ‘Access For All’ tours, and Dino Club Days, plus there’s loads of great stuff happening at our partner venue Lakeside Arts (including family workshops, talks, films and much more beside).
  • Perhaps you’ll meet Hunter the 6ft animatronic Sinraptor at Wollaton Halll; he’s often wandering the grounds, so check his scheduled appearances on the Dinosaurs of China Facebook and Twitter feeds to avoid disappointment.

  • And have you visited the Dino Explorers Zone yet? Offering a range of exciting activities and games, it’s been a huge hit with families since the exhibition opening in July. 

Lakeside Arts

The Art of Dinosaur Science

In a partnership between Nottingham City Council and the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Lakeside Arts welcomes the Dilophosaurus and an Alxasaurus as part of a world exclusive exhibition of Feathered dinosaurs.

Experience an interactive exhibition which tells the story of paleo-art, and discover how science and art help us to figure out how dinosaurs may have looked. Become a Palaeontologist for a day, and investigate the revelation that birds are really dinosaurs.

FREE workshops for the whole family.

Dinosaurs of China


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