Special Exhibits

The World's Largest Dinosaurs

A new exhibition about the super-sized sauropods, the most colossal animals to walk the earth

Closing April 12, 2015

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, a major new exhibition coming in October to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, explores the amazing biology of a group of uniquely super-sized dinosaurs: the long-necked and long-tailed sauropods, some of which may have reached lengths of 130 feet. The exhibition draws on cutting-edge paleo-biological research that looks in part to living organisms to make inferences about how these giants were able to thrive, as a group, for approximately 140 million years. Through innovative exhibits — including the exhibition centerpiece, a life-sized, detailed model of a 60-foot-long Mamenchisaurus —The World’s Largest Dinosaurs takes visitors beyond the bones and into the bodies of these titans, shedding light on how heart rate, respiration, metabolism, and reproduction are linked to size.

Distinguished by their colossal size, sauropods included animals of diverse shape, and ornamentation, such as the gigantic Apatosaurus, formerly known as Brontosaurus. Focusing on the biology and behavior of these diverse creatures, The World’s Largest Dinosaurs builds on a growing body of research that examines dinosaurs as living animals, primarily through comparisons with modern dinosaur relatives. 

The exhibition is curated by Mark Norell, chair of the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Paleontology, who has done groundbreaking work in the field of dinosaur biology, and features the work of exhibition guest co-curator Martin Sander from the University of Bonn in Germany. Sander has assembled a multi-disciplinary research team of experts in materials science, animal nutrition, sports medicine, biomechanics, and paleontology to address the intriguing question of what sauropods in particular were like as living animals and how they became so large. 

Tickets: Free for Members; $14 for Adults; $12 for Seniors, Students and Military; $8 for Children (3-12).

Group Rates:  Purchasing ten or more tickets at once?  Call our box office between 10am and 4pm, Monday through Friday to place your reservation!  Adult Groups are $10 per person, Youth Groups are $6 per person.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Museum Box Office at 919.707.9950 or buy tickets online.

Educational Guides for The World's Largest Dinosaurs

Lecture Series

December 4, 2014: What's the Big Deal About the World's Largest Dinosaurs? with Dr. Paul Brinkman, Assistant Director of the Paleontology & Geology Research Lab, NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
Brinkman, a science historian and author, will discuss the history of America’s fascination with sauropods and dinosaurs in general in his presentation. 

January 8, 2015: Dinosaurs of the Dawn: Giant New Discoveries Reveal a Lost Cretaceous Ecosystem with Dr. Lindsay Zanno, Director of the Paleontology & Geology Research Lab, NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
Scientists have been hunting dinosaurs in North America for over a century, yet new species are being discovered at an exponential rate. Zanno reveals her team’s latest fossil finds and their struggle for survival at the dawn of the Late Cretaceous in North America.

February 5, 2015: The World’s Largest Dinosaurs When They Were Tiny with Dr. Mary Schweitzer, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
One of the biggest mysteries about dinosaurs is how they got to be the size of 14 elephants stacked on top of each other, in a short amount of time, while consuming a plant diet. Schweitzer will explore reproductive habits and growth rate in some of the world’s largest dinosaurs. 

February 19, 2015: Dinosaurs: Old Fossils, New Tools, Changing Ideas with Dr. Mark Norell, Division Chair and Curator-in-Charge, Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History.

March 5, 2015: Searching for Triassic Age Animals in Arizona and North Carolina with Vince Schneider, Curator of Paleontology, NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
Learn about the Museum’s field research from the Triassic age sediments of Arizona and North Carolina. Schneider will also talk about animals that were alive just before the Age of Dinosaurs.

Special Program for Educators

Educators in the Mesozoic: Special Exhibits and 3D Movie Open House

Thursday, January 29, 2015



Past Exhibits

Rainforest Adventure

Birds of Paradise

Dinosaurs in Motion

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

Genghis Khan: The Exhibition

Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competitions

Our Expanding Oceans: The Blending of Art and Science

Animal Grossology

Glow: Living Lights

Resources for other past exhibits