Rocks, fossils and minerals can tell us the most amazing things about our planet… and they look pretty stunning too!
This family geology take over day at the museum is suitable for all ages, with loads to do and see including story time, dinosaur dressing up, geological handling material, ‘bring in your fossil finds’, store tours, craft and drawing activities, meet the expert as well as specialist science stands from the University of Bristol and other specialist groups.
Ground floor: Front hall
- The Dinosaur Society — fossil handling and finds
Get your hands on real fossils or even bring in your own for identification.
- The Bristol Dinosaur Project
Come and meet Bristol’s very own dinosaur — Thecodontosaurus antiquus.
- Bristol Naturalists Society — coal measure fossils
Meet the experts from the BNS and hear about the amazing plant fossils to be found at the Writhlington Coal Tip.
Ground floor: Rear hall
- Dress up
Ever wanted to dress up as a dinosaur? Here is your chance. Adults welcome too.
- Doris the pliosaur
Bristol Museum’s favourite pliosaur is now in her new home in the rear hall. Learn about her and her life in the Jurassic seas around Bristol with a plio-expert and colour in your own Doris to take home.
First floor: Activities room
- Fossil Crafts
Lots of craft activities for you to make and take home. Make your own ammonite to take for a swim around the museum, make your own mini marine reptile or simply come and colour in some of Doris’ Jurassic friends!
First floor: British Wildlife Gallery
- The Storytelling Stone and other stories — Cassandra Wye
11:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm
No need to book. Meet at the gypsy caravanCome and discover a magical and mysterious world…
Where dragons might be found washed up on the beach,
Where ancient stones lie hidden deep in the Earth
Where shooting stars fall down from the sky?
What might you discover there?
Come and find out!
Talks and tours (approx. 30mins)
- Geology store tour – 12pm, 1pm and 2pm
Come behind the scenes and take a peek at some of the beautiful rock and fossil gems in the geology stores. Maximum 10 people per tour. Sign up and meet in the front hall. Suitable for age 7+. No step free access.
- Biology store tour – 12pm, 1pm and 2pm
Come behind the scenes and see some of the treasures from the natural world cared for in the biology stores. Maximum 10 people per tour. Sign up and meet in the front hall. Suitable for age 7+
Main image: © Premasagar