Where can I see a dinosaur skeleton





Natural history museums showing animals and fossils from the Mesozoic era are presented here. However, since I am not personally familiar with most of these museums, I cannot guarantee that they will meet the expectations of visitors.
I would therefore appreciate it if people who have already visited these museums give me their opinion on the exhibitions there so that I can revise the comments on the individual museums if necessary.
Other museum addresses are also welcome, especially in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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Kleinwelka Dinosaur Park
02625 Bautzen
(Kleinwelka district)

Visitor opinion
In the open-air park in Kleinwelka there are many attractions that invite you to take a tour: over 100 life-size dinosaur sculptures, a net climbing system and a giant barbecue hut. An excavation site and some sculptures with motifs from geological history are also offered as new attractions.





Natural history research institute
Museum of Natural Science
10115 Berlin

The largest dinosaur skeleton in the world - the skeleton of the Brachiosaurus brancai - can be seen in one of the rooms:
Height = 11.72 meters and length = 22.25 meters.
This and the other dinosaur skeletons exhibited in this room give an idea of ​​the dinosaur world in East Africa 150 million years ago (Jurassic). In the same exhibition room there is also a cast of the limestone slab with the ancient bird Archeopteryx lithographica.





Münchehagen Dinosaur Park
31547 Rehburg-Loccum
Germany's largest open-air dinosaur museum

Visitor opinion
Exactly at the place where huge herds of dinosaurs lived approx. 130 million years ago, today the "natural monument dinosaur tracks" and over 120 dinosaurs in their original size can be experienced on a 2.5 km long circular path.




State Natural History Museum
38106 Braunschweig

In the museum's permanent exhibition, the results of excavations in Niger are on display. The focal point is the first built skeleton of one Spinophorosaurus nigerensis (Sauropod). There are also tracks of raptors, a small predatory dinosaur skeleton and the original partial skeleton of one Jobaria tiguidensis, another sauropod.




Museum of Natural Science
44145 Dortmund

Visitor opinion
The Natural History Museum in Dortmund makes it possible to roam through the millions of years of the earth's history. Fossils, images of life and plastic representations document millions of years in the geological development of life. In the atrium, replicas of life-size dinosaurs and the largest dinosaur tracks known in the world impress. The special exhibition "Messel" shows some finds from excavations in the old Tertiary oil slate mine Messel near Darmstadt, including the complete skeleton of a 55 million year old primeval horse.

At the September 27, 2003 is museum night
with a large family program from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.




Geological-Paleontological Museum
48143 Munster (NRW)

A newly furnished room has been located in the museum since 1999: the chalk room. Fossils from the Cretaceous Period - from 145 to 65 million years ago - are exhibited here. These include ammonites - cephalopods, extinct relatives of the octopus -, world-famous fish from the Baumberge and Sendenhorst plate limes, sponges, swimming dinosaurs, a dinosaur, sea urchins and much more.





LWL-Museum für Naturkunde, Westphalian State Museum with planetarium
48161 Munster (NRW)

With reconstructions, skeletons and pictures, the dinosaur exhibition in the Münster Natural History Museum tries to give an overview of the time of the dinosaurs. Lifelike reconstructions of the sickle-clawed dinosaur Deinonychus and the large predatory dinosaur Allosaurus are unique in Europe. The most famous dinosaur is the Tyrannosaurus rex. The skeleton of a 12 m long and 6 m high specimen was newly integrated into the exhibition.





Goldfuß Museum
at the Institute for Paleontology at the University of Bonn
53115 Bonn

The Goldfuß Museum shows fossils from all over the world, which are direct testimonies to the billions of years of history of life on earth. In addition to fossilized marine animals and plants, the (dinosaur) dinosaurs are not neglected. For example, the life cycle of ichthyosaurs is documented through finds from babies to young animals to pregnant mother animals, and a 4 m long serpentine dinosaur is also able to impress visitors. The skull of the Tyrannosaurus rex is particularly popular with children.





Senckenberg Nature Museum
60325 Frankfurt am Main

In addition to many other natural history themed areas, the Senckenberg Museum also houses some skeletons and skeletal parts of dinosaurs: Brachiosaurus, Compsognathus, Diplodocus, Edmontosaurus, Euoplocephalus, Iguanodon, Plateosaurus, Stegosaurus, Supersaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus, Brachiosaurus dinosaurs and an original Mongolia dinosaur to touch .

Interactive panorama pictures of the museum: Frankfurt 360 °





State Museum of Natural History
70191 Stuttgart

In the museum at the Löwentor, the focus is on the extinct living world of Baden-Württemberg. This also includes dinosaurs from the Triassic period, as well as ichthyosaurs and pterosaurs from the Jurassic period. In the so-called "Dinosaal" there is an exhibition about dinosaur finds from all over the world. Original finds, skeletons and reconstructions from America, Asia and Africa are shown.





Paleontological collection
at the Institute for Geosciences at the University of Tübingen
72076 Tuebingen, Germany

The collection was created in the 19th century as a study and evidence collection under Friedrich August Quenstedt (1809-1889). Friedrich Freiherr von Huene (1875-1969) and other palaeontologists expanded the number of "dinosaurs" in particular.
Exhibited - some of which are unique in the world - include fish, swimming dinosaurs from the Jurassic and Cretaceous Seas, plaster-toothed lizards, pterosaurs, mounted skeletons of dinosaurs and other land reptiles (with a particularly valuable collection of mammal-like reptiles from the southern continents), ice-age mammals from Württemberg, also ammonites, sea lilies and other invertebrates. Thematic presentations relate to current research results.





Urwelt Museum Hauff
73271 Holzmaden

The Museum Hauff, redesigned in 1993, is Germany's largest private natural history museum with 1000 square meters of exhibition space. Here you can see ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, crocodilesaurs, pterosaurs, fish, sea lilies, ammonites and belemnites - the best fossils that have been found in the slate quarries around Holzmaden over the past 100 years.





State Museum of Natural History
76133 Karlsruhe

Up close, the terrible teeth of the Tyrannosaurus rex can be examined with their sharp, curved, pointy teeth. Compsognathus and Velociraptor are also represented in the museum. And since today's birds are considered the successors of the carnivorous dinosaurs, the casts of all Archeopteryx finds are also on display in a showcase.





Paleontological Museum
80333 Munich

Visitor opinion
In the atrium of the Richard-Wagner-Straße 10 building, the Palaeontological State Collection in the Paleontological Museum is showing a number of exhibits: skeletons of dinosaurs and mammals of prehistoric times, including an ancient elephant skeleton from the Tertiary of southern Bavaria, the trunk of a prehistoric swamp pine, Jurassic stone from southern Germany, see above also pterosaurs and primeval birds from Solnhofen as well as exhibitions on the geological history of Munich and much more.





Primeval Museum
84416 Taufkirchen (Vils) / Obb.

You can discover, marvel and understand the prehistoric times in this museum at the gates of Munich in the district of Erding - a special kind of adventure museum!
Immerse yourself in bygone prehistoric times and learn more about the sometimes bizarre prehistoric animals.
From the dinosaurs, the largest animals that ever lived on our earth, over 47.5 million years old cat-sized horses to the giants of the Ice Age and the first human cultures.
In addition to a tour through different epochs and a visit to the prehistoric garden with life-size dinosaur models, the museum shows interesting films in its own cinema and offers educational games for all age groups.





Jurassic Museum
85072 Eichstätt

The focus is on the 150 million year old fossils of the world-famous Solnhofen limestone limestone from the Upper Jura, which are quarried in the surrounding quarries. The palette of life forms ranges from tender crabs and insects to giant fish and a four-meter-long crocodile. Rare pterosaurs and the most valuable exhibit, the Eichstätt specimen of the ancient bird Archeopteryx round off the offer.





Altmuehltal dinosaur open-air museum
85095 Denkendorf

A new dinosaur park opened in the Altmühltal in August 2016. On the 1.5-kilometer circular forest path, you can encounter over 60 life-size replicas of prehistoric animals from 400 million years of geological history, including Brachiosaurus, T.rex and Diplodocus.




Urwelt Museum Upper Franconia
95444 Bayreuth

This museum shows, among other things, exhibits from mussel-calcareous dinosaurs that come from the Bindlach-Laineck mountain range. They were compiled by Count Georg zu Münster in the 19th century. On the homepage, however, there are mainly (pictorial) impressions from the permanent exhibition: Museum history, general geological history, Lias alpha, Trias, Jura, Pleistocene, living crystals.







Museums in Austria


Styrassic Park
8344 Bad Gleichenberg

The Styrassic Park was built in a record construction time of only 7 months at the foot of the Bad Gleichenberg volcanoes. Over 60 life-size dinosaurs have been faithfully reproduced on an area of ​​5 hectares. They represent the history of the dionosaurs - from emergence to extinction.









naturehistorical Museum
4001 Basel

The museum in Basel shows, among other things, various dinosaur fossils from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods that were found in Switzerland. It is also in possession of a specimen of the Cretaceous primeval bird Confuciusornis, which was discovered in China.





Natural museum museum
4500 Solothurn

After the tracks of large dinosaurs were found a few kilometers away in the quarry of Lommiswil / Oberdorf in 1987, the museum set up a permanent dinosaur exhibition and, in cooperation with the Canton of Solothurn, built a dinosaur viewing platform in the quarry.





Bellach Dinosaur Museum
4512 Bellach

Opened in autumn 2010, this private museum offers some interesting exhibits: Among other things, the skeleton of a Camarasaurus and the sculpture of a Deinoychus female are on display, as well as some fossils and dinosaur models. Many display boards also offer interesting information about the world of dinosaurs.





Dinosaur Museum
5070 Frick

This small museum houses a complete plateosaur skeleton, 220 million years old, a lifelike wall relief made of fossil bones, skeletal parts and bones of the Plateosaurus as well as fossils and minerals from the Frick clay pit and the Herznach iron mine.
Further information on the homepage of Fricktal.





Kulturama
8032 Zurich

The KULTURAMA Museum of Humans in Zurich shows the entire evolution of animals and humans in chronological order. On the topic of dinosaurs, you can see: casts of a plateosaur with reconstruction in life size, the skull of the Tyrannosaurus rex and a specimen of the pterosaur Pteranodon with a wing span of seven meters. In the original, a dinosaur egg and an ichthyosaur can be admired here.





Dinosaur Museum
8607 Aathal Sea Trenches

Visitor opinion
The museum, which finances its own excavations in Wyoming, shows, among other things, the skeleton of a Carnotaurus - an agile predatory dinosaur from Argentina - that of the Camarasaurus "E.T." from our own dig and that of a Brachiosaurus.








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