Come face to face with a dinosaur and other skeletons from the past!

Located on Level 2.

An adult and two children looking into a display case containing a fossilised ichthyosaur.

In these galleries you will explore the diversity of life on Earth. We've picked out some of our highlights:

Skull of a Triceratops dinosaur. It is a brown colour and has two horns on top of its head and one above its nose.

Triceratops Skull

Triceratops would have lived in the Late Cretaceous Period 68 to 66 million years ago.

Our real skull of a Triceratops was found in the USA in 1908 and was brought to Birmingham in 1955. Triceratops was a plant eating dinosaur and its name means 'three-horned face'. The skull is a fossil, which means that the bones have now been replaced by rock - a process which takes millions of years.

An Ichthyosaur skull in glass case with a family looking into it.


Discover the Ichthyosaur skeleton, an almost 200-million-year-old giant sea monster from the time of the dinosaurs.

Ichthyosaurs were marine predators that looked a lot like dolphins, but they were reptiles.

Our skeleton was the focus of a two-year conservation and research project which found that it might be a new species.

Find out about the types of creatures that have adapted to life in the sea.

Skeleton of a giant deer with huge antlers in a display case

Fossils, skeletons and wild life

See skeletons of other fantastic creatures including a Jurassic Crocodile and a Giant Deer, one of the largest deer ever to live on earth.

Plus see a variety of other animals and wild life that is found on our amazing earth.

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