Trace the footsteps of the explorers who made this dangerous journey a century ago, and join scientists from our Museum and Chicago's Field Museum as they dig for fossils today! Then step through a portal into Antarctica’s past and discover a lush continent full of trees, giant amphibians, and dinosaurs—including the 25-foot-long, "cold-crested killer," Cryolophosaurus.
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The exhibition features four species of dinosaur. This is the predator Cryolophosaurus (“cold crested lizard,” named for the bony ornamentation on its head).
Photo: Phil Currie
Exhibition paleontologists excavate fossils on Mt. Kirkpatrick, Antarctica.
© Field Museum, Illustration by Velizar Simeonovski
Artist's illustration of Cryolophosaurus ellioti
© John Weinstein, Field Museum
The skull of a sauropodomorph—a new species of dinosaur from Antarctica
The cast of a Taniwhasaurus skeleton—a type of carnivorous marine reptile
Photo: Phil Currie
Taking a break from digging for Antarctic fossils
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along the way, you'll:
See artifacts from early Antarctic expeditions, including Captain Robert Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova.
Take a virtual ride in a replica LC-130 aircraft as you fly over Antarctica.
Watch as the team excavates fossils and prepares them back at the lab.
Meet 4 new species of dinosaur, all discovered within the last 30 years.
Sensory friendly resources are available for this exhibition. Prepare for your time at the Natural History Museum with our downloadable Social Stories.
Antarctic Dinosaurs was developed by the Field Museum, Chicago in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Discovery Place – Charlotte, NC, and the Natural History Museum of Utah. Generous support was provided by the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund.