Prehistoric Passages: Realm of Dragons

Step back in time and experience what life was like in the days when T. rex ruled, Pteranadon flew overhead, and the end of an era was imminent.

Admission is included with general admission or membership.

T-rex on stage

Hall of Fossils

Try your hand at unearthing a specimen from the past in our digital fossil dig, touch a real fossil, and discover some fascinating finds in the world of paleontology! Find out what scientists can learn from fossils and how past finds have shaped what we now know about dinosaurs.

Jurassic Stage

An imposing T. rex reigns from on high atop Jurassic Stage, an impressive platform that showcases a realistic scene from the very distant past. Future plans for this area include live presentations filled with audience interaction. Stop here for an awesome photo opportunity. Just be careful - T. rex has quite a bite!

Prehistoric Petting Zoo

Get a real feel for what life was like in the days of dinosaurs in this virtual petting zoo. Innovative technology allows you to stand right beside colossal creatures such as Brachiosaurus, Velociraptor, and Diplodocus. Feel free to reach out and touch one of these prehistoric beasts - if you dare!

Pepper's Ghost Fossil Cases

Our resident paleontologist, Indiana Bones, has been reduced in size and sent on some amazing adventures, thanks to Pepper’s Ghost technology! Indy will be on hand inside a number of fossil cases, interpreting artifacts and offering insights into the lives and times of dinosaurs.

Bone Cabin Quarry

This exhibit sheds some light on current theories that suggest birds are direct relatives of dinosaurs. Comparing the anatomy of animals alive today to fossils gives scientists clues about the relationship between species of the past and present. A highlight of this gallery is a skull of Dracorex hogwartsia. Paying tribute to Harry Potter, the name of this “dragon” means "dragon king of Hogwarts".

Susan T. Melvin Komodo Dragon Conservation Outpost

Reptiles and dinosaurs existed simultaneously, according to fossil records. What better way to discover the relationship between these two groups of animals than by coming face to face with the largest, heaviest lizard in the world - the komodo dragon! With a venomous bite, a keen sense of smell and large serrated teeth, you’ll gain an understanding of what adaptations reptiles of the past needed to survive.


Deinonychus and T. rex
Mount Mesozoic
Stegosaurus
Deinonychus

This exhibit has been made possible by support from:

The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation
The Cemala Foundation
The Susan and Jim Melvin Family
Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Candace and Roger Cummings Family