Dinosaurs stomp out of museum and into record books

11 July 2017

They have been extinct for 66 million years, but the overwhelming popularity of a herd of dinosaurs has helped the Museum of Tropical Queensland to stampede past previous visitation records.

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the 20 animated, life-size dinosaurs in the Western Australian Museum developed exhibition Dinosaur Discovery: Lost creatures of the Cretaceous had generated record-breaking visitation of 124,980 in 2016-17.

“I congratulate the Museum of Tropical Queensland on the incredible success of Dinosaur Discovery, which demonstrates the significant local interest in world-class science-based exhibitions,” the Premier said.

“It is the most visited temporary exhibition in the Museum’s 30-year history, attracting an impressive 98,084 visitors from 9 December 2016 to 9 July 2017, including a record number of people from outside Townsville and its surrounding areas.

“These record crowds show how successful the Museum is at engaging with the local community through vibrant events that support cultural tourism as well as through its captivating displays that showcase the cultural and natural heritage of our state’s beautiful north.

“Through its dynamic programming and the globally significant scientific research it undertakes, the Museum of Tropical Queensland is delivering on my Government’s Advance Queensland initiative which aims to foster innovation and scientific endeavor across our state.”

CEO and Director of Queensland Museum Network Professor Suzanne Miller said Dinosaur Discovery: Lost creatures of the Cretaceous had blitzed previous Museum records, attracting its highest-ever summer holiday visitation with more than 38,900 people through the doors in just six weeks.

“The public support for this larger-than-life exhibition has been amazing, and we’re excited to announce that two new major touring exhibitions will open at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in September,” Professor Miller said.

“I’m sure our family visitors will enjoy walking the plank with pirate history in Horrible Histories – Pirates: The Exhibition, an Australian National Maritime Museum travelling exhibition based on the bestselling Horrible Histories series and developed in association with Scholastic UK.

“I’m also pleased to announce a beautiful Indigenous exhibition, Lustre: Pearling and Australia.

“Developed and designed by Western Australian Museum and Nyamba Buru Yawuru, Lustre traces the fascinating heritage of pearling across the north of Australia, from Shark Bay to the Torres Strait Islands,” she said.

Visit www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au for more details.

The Museum of Tropical Queensland, part of the Queensland Museum Network, is open from 9.30am - 5pm daily.