17 December 2017

Doris’ secret den!

Join curators for a special tour of the hidden museum vaults where Doris the Pliosaurus lives when she is not on display.

Travel down a secret staircase, meet Doris’ weird and wonderful fossil friends, and take the ammonite challenge to learn more about her life at the museum.

This series of tours for families with children aged 7+ will give a glimpse into a museum space not normally accessible to the public.

Accompanying our summer exhibition Pliosaurus: Face to face with a Jurassic beast, visitors will discover how museum curators look after our eight metre long pliosaur fossil and have a go at being a curator themselves!

A host of other weird and wonderful fossil creatures will be on display, with opportunities for handling real specimens.

Tours last up to 30 minutes. Two sessions will take place on each of the dates below.


  • Saturday 29 July – 10am and 11am
  • Wednesday 23 August – 10am and 11am
  • Saturday 30 September – 10am and 11am
  • Thursday 26 October, 10.30am and 11.30am
  • Saturday 25 November, 10.30am and 11.30am
  • Sunday 17 December, 10.30am and 11.30am

Unfortunately there is no step-free access to the geology stores but special step-free tours can be arranged for visitors if available. If we are able to facilitate the booking, we will bring items from the tour to the geology library. Please contact us if you would like more information.

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