67 Million Years in the Making, Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs Opens at Melbourne Museum 12 March

Tickets are now on sale for this world-first new exhibition offering visitors the first chance to meet Horridus the Triceratops at Melbourne Museum.

Oskar Lindenmayer, Collection Manager, Geosciences at Museums Victoria, with left brow horn of Melbourne Museum Triceratops

With an enormous frill and three fearsome horns, the world's most complete Triceratops will be revealed for the first time in a monumental new exhibition spread across two level of Melbourne Museum, opening March 12th.

Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs will immerse visitors in a lost world, exploring the incredible story of the Triceratops. Experience the thriving environments through which the Triceratops roamed, meet the creatures Horridus lived alongside, and see what became of the survivors of the Cretaceous.

“We are thrilled to have this internationally significant Triceratops on permanent display in Melbourne Museum.

“This is the most complete and finely preserved Triceratops fossil ever discovered and visitors will come from around the world to see Horridus, whose forever home is right here in Melbourne.

“Grounded in leading edge science and connecting the long extinct world of Horridus with our world today, this exhibition will enthral and inspire all who experience it” says Lynley Crosswell, CEO and Director of Museums Victoria.

Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs connects Melbourne Museum’s unique Triceratops specimen to big stories of interdependent ecosystems and the wonder and fragility of life over time.

Visitors will not only come face to face with the jaw-dropping specimen that is Horridus the Triceratops, but will travel back in time exploring the landscape and complex ecosystems of the Cretaceous period. Offering the chance to learn about the process of fossilisation and how palaeontology helps us understand vast swathes of time, the exhibition will trace the lineage of dinosaurs to their descendants still among us: birds.

Horridus is one of the most globally significant palaeontological discoveries ever made and will be the most complete real dinosaur skeleton in any Australian museum. Named after Triceratops horridus, the species to which Horridus belongs.

At 85% complete, this is the world’s most finely preserved Triceratops. With 266 bones and weighing more than 1000 kg, Horridus is set to become a celebrity of the Cretaceous and one of the most iconic dinosaurs in any museum globally.

“Horridus the Triceratops is a simply spectacular fossil, with the science behind Triceratops revealed like never before. Until you’ve seen Melbourne Museum’s Triceratops, you haven’t seen Triceratops at all,” says Museums Victoria’s Dr Erich Fitzgerald, Senior Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology.

Originally found in Montana USA, this dino-mite discovery spent time in Canada, where experts worked with Museums Victoria's palaeontology team to ready Horridus for transportation to its forever home at Melbourne Museum.

Since the arrival of Horridus in Melbourne in 2021 a team of Museums Victoria palaeontologists, conservators and collection managers have been working to prepare the fossil for display.

Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson said, “Horridus the Triceratops will be a major attraction for dino-fans across the state and beyond.

“While Horridus is going to be thrilling for visitors of all ages, this stunning fossil will also support scientific research for generations to come.”

Tickets to the exhibition will be free with Museum entry; however, pre-booking is required as entry will be timed.

Horridus the Triceratops will be on permanent display at Melbourne Museum from March 12, 2022 as part of a new exhibit supported by the Victorian Government.

Tickets are now on sale.

Interviews and further information is available. For media enquiries please contact:

Jacqui Wilson, Senior Media & Communications Manager, Museums Victoria
E: [email protected] | P: 0457 906 960

Brigitte Gebbie, Senior Publicist, Museums Victoria
E: [email protected] | P: 0415 676 120

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