17 June—18 February 2018

Pliosaurus! Face to face with a Jurassic beast

This exhibition has now finished but you can still see Doris in the rear hall of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Travel back in time 150 million years and dive into Bristol’s Jurassic seas.

We dare you to come face to face with one very special creature – an eight metre long Pliosaurus called Doris.

She’s the ultimate predator and you’ll be awestruck as you touch her skin, listen to her heartbeat and smell her disgusting breath!

Then travel forward to the present day to find out more about this amazing beast. See her actual fossil – one of the world’s most complete – and play games to discover more about her life and death.

All the family can have fun investigating the science that helped us bring her back to life. Ideal for children aged 3-11 years old.

Discovered in Westbury, Wiltshire in 1994, our internationally significant specimen is the world’s only example of a new species of pliosaur – Pliosaurus carpenteri – and will be on public display for the first time. Pliosaurs are so big that it took ten years to prepare all the fossils that were found.

Join the conversation on Twitter using  the hashtag #DeadlyDoris.

Introducing #DeadlyDoris

Planning your visit

Pliosaurus! is particuarly suitable for families with children aged 3 -11  years.

If you want to meet Doris and enjoy the exhibition at a quieter time please visit after 2pm on weekdays (outside of holidays). Please bring a parent or guardian with you if you are under 12.

If you’re visiting with children under 5 then you may enjoy our Little Jurassic Explorer sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

Make sure you pick up a Jurassic Explorer pack when you arrive for more exciting Jurassic related activities throughout the museum!

Groups and schools

Group and school workshop packages are available. All groups (over 10 people) and schools need to book in advance by emailing us at museumbookings@bristol.gov.uk

Pliosaurus volunteers

We’re looking for volunteers to provide a fun, engaging and memorable experience for visitors of our Pliosaurus! exhibition. If you want to meet new people, inspire the next generation and enhance the CV then this is the role for you. Find out more about becoming a Pliosaurus volunteer.


With thanks to exhibition sponsors Clifton High School.


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