25 March 2018

Bristol rocks!

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.

Bristol rocks!

Full Day Programme:

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.

Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre — The Geology of the Bristol Region. Find out about their new book looking at the important geological sites in and around Bristol.


Ground floor: Back 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 Back 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 – Enjoy!


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 caravan. All Welcome


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