Jurassic Oceans: Monsters of the Deep

Category: Exhibitions

Exhibition Summary

Requires Discovery or All-Access Pass

Closes Sep 5, 2022

All ages


Requires Discovery or All-Access Pass

Closes Sep 5, 2022

All ages

About the Exhibit

While dinosaurs ruled on land, reptiles reigned over the oceans.

Dive into the prehistoric seas that were home to enormous marine reptiles, crocodiles, and sharks.   

In Jurassic Oceans: Monsters of the Deep, meet the underwater giants that lived 200 million years ago. As dinosaurs reached new heights, sea creatures became larger, faster, and fiercer. Experience what it’s like to stand (or swim) next to top predators like a plesiosaur—a reptile with flippers, a very long neck, and super sharp teeth. 

The exhibition is presented in both English and Spanish. La exhibición está presentada en inglés y español.

Head and neck of a plesiosaur skeleton.

Take the plunge and discover what’s beneath the surface. 

Exhibition highlights: 

  • Compare creatures’ “fierce factors”, measured on a scale of 1 to 10

  • See over 100 specimens including skeletons up to 22 feet long

  • Encounter the skull of a mosasaur, the “T. rex of the sea”

Evolving ocean giants 

Delve into the latest scientific research to learn how these Jurassic giants evolved. Then, compare them to specimens of marine animals living today. From sea snakes and turtles to dolphins and whales, appreciate the diversity of life in the water.

Illustration courtesy of Bob Nicholls (2009), used with artist's permission.