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Summer 2021 – May 29- Sept. 6, 2021

We’re going BIG! Meet GIGANOTOSAURUS!!

Open Daily 9am – 5pm

Roaring, stomping, animatronic dinosaurs are back!  Journey back millions of years to the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods as you visit the Museum’s changing exhibit gallery and throughout the Museum grounds and experience life-like dinosaurs around every turn. Experience an almost 20 foot tall Giganotosaurus in the conservation garden accompanied by a water-spitting Suchomimus to help you stay cool in the prehistoric heat. Indoors see other robot dinosaurs like Deinonychus. The Virginia Living Museum truly is your place for Jurassic Giants May 29 – September 6, 2021.

Cost: included in museum admission

Enjoy these Dinosaur-Themed Experiences:

Animatronic Dinosaur Indoor Gallery

The Museum’s indoor changing exhibit gallery will be filled with 7 animatronic dinosaurs including the Edmontosaurus and nest, Rugops, the Styracosaurus and baby and the Deinonychus Robot.

Rogops Sponsored by: M & M Mortgage Team, Deinonychus Robot Sponored by: Canon Virginia, Inc.

Life-Sized Animatronic Giganotosaurus in Garden


This animatronic Giganotosaurus will rule over the Museum’s conservation garden. He nears a commanding 20 feet tall which is true to life-sized and is 40 feet long!  Sponsored by: PRA Group

Tyrannosaurus Rex Photo-Op

Grab your camera for a photo opportunity with the Tyrannosaurus Rex in the Museum’s Conservation Garden. This photo opportunity features an adult Tyrannosaurus Rex which several children and adults can sit on at one time and pose for pictures! You won’t want to miss this outdoor opportunity!  Sponsored by: Abbitt Realty

Dino Yoga

If you’re a fan of yoga, you’ll love Dino Yoga! Step back in time and warm up with Dawn of the Dinosaurs poses, stretch it out with our Dino Classics, and then cool down with some Dino Bedtime poses. All ages are welcomed. Program found in the Changing Exhibit Gallery. Sponsored by: York Arts Commission

Water Spitting Suchomimus

Watch out or you will get wet from the water-spitting animatronic Suchomimus!  Cool off all summer long with the watery spray from this fierce but friendly dinosaur located in the Museum’s conservation garden beside the waterfall. Sponsored by: Waterways Surveys and Engineering, Ltd.

Original Virginia Dinosaur Tracks

Find the proof that dinosaurs were in Virginia at the base of the large staircase in the Museum’s main indoor section. Visit Kayentapus, real dinosaur tracks found in Virginia. The Virginia Living Museum exhibits a trackway left nearly 210 million years ago in what was a vast swampy plain near Culpeper, Virginia. Named Kayentapus, the tracks are the largest meat-eating dinosaur tracks found in Virginia so far. The trackway, with four tracks, was part of almost 2,000 fossil footprints of dinosaurs and other reptiles uncovered at the Culpeper Stone Company quarry near Stevensburg in 1989.

In the center of the spiral staircase, the museum also exhibits a sculpture of an adult dinosaur that is an artistic interpretation of a living, hunting, dynamic predator in action – a dinosaur that would have been similar to, but not exactly the same as, the dinosaur that left the trackway. The sculpture was created by Keith Strasser of Middle Island, N.Y.

Exhibit available year round.

Live Animal Show

Live Ambassador Animal Shows –  Mysteries of the Past

Special dates and times: May 29th, 30th and 31st – 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm
Summer Dates: Daily – June 19th through September 6, 2021
Times: 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm
Location: outside: Amphitheater | Inside: when weather dictates
Length: 15 minutes, will include animal ambassadors
Description: Discover what it takes for something to become a fossil, what we can learn from fossils, and how we use those skills to identify animal signs today. Then get a close encounter with some animals you might discover in your own backyard!
Cost:  included in museum admission
Supported in part by: York Arts Commission


Dinosaur Discovery Trail

This permanent exhibit located off the Museum’s outdoor boardwalk trail is our own “Jurassic Park”! The outdoor exhibit is nestled in the wooded area off the live animal boardwalk and showcases 16 of the majestic animals that ruled our earth for more than 150 million years ago. Visitors walk through the woods to see realistic one-third to full-size dinosaurs from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The dinosaurs range in size from a mini Ankylosaur to a 16-foot-tall Brachiosaurus. There is a baby T.rex photo op, a half-size T.rex, plus several nests and baby dinosaurs.

The trail also includes a Paleo Camp for future Paleontologists to build a base camp, four dig pits for amateur paleontologists, a playground and display huts of dinosaur and other fossils, including an actual whale specimen from Hampton Roads.

Dinosaur Discovery Trail open all year round.

Dino on the Loose

Dino on the Loose – (one Saturday a month from 1-1:15pm) a walking, roaring dinosaur on parade makes an appearance in the outdoor Dinosaur Discovery Trail.  Bring your camera! Click here for the schedule.

Cost:  Exhibit and dinosaur experiences included in Museum admission.


JURASSIC GIANTS is sponsored by: