The Engelstad Family Special Exhibitions Presents: Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs
Step back in time 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea, and find out about the greatest extinction the world has ever seen in Permian Monsters: Life before the Dinosaurs. This unique traveling exhibition brings the past back to life with fossilized skeletons and full size life models of the animals that ruled the world millions of years before the age of dinosaurs, in a time known as the Permian.
Exhibition runs Saturday, June 16 – Sunday, September 16. Included with general Museum admission.
Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs is produced by Gondwana Studios
Visitors explore how archaeologists in the early 20th century unearthed some of Egypt’s most renowned treasures, including the tomb of Tutankhamun. The exhibit includes a trip through the realistic entrance to Tut’s tomb and the opportunity to view artifact recreations of best-known pieces including the Golden Throne, chariots, the Golden Shrine and outer sarcophagus. These replicas are one of only two sets that were authorized by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
Visitors have the unique opportunity to explore an Egyptian mummy by using state-of-the-art technology that allows the user to “scan” a mummy replica in real time and view actual medical imaging taken of a real mummy.
Children of all ages are struck with a sense of awe as they approach the 35-foot long Tyrannosaurus rex that lowers its head and roars at them! A Triceratops, Ankylosaur and a ferocious raptor give a further glimpse into the past. Also represented is the Ichthyosaur, a gigantic marine reptile that swam in the waters of Nevada during the time of the dinosaurs.
This one of a kind exhibit showcases the science and technology used to unlock the secrets of the world’s most preserved dinosaur in the flesh, the Dinosaur Mummy, Leonardo! The 23-foot-long plant eater from the late Cretaceous period was naturally mummified before it was turned into a fossil. It provides researchers with an extremely rare glimpse of skin texture, muscles, internal organs and the remnants of the dinosaur’s last meal. This exhibit reveals some never before seen images of the dinosaur mummy as we tell the story of the ground-breaking research conducted on this amazing fossil.
Visitors are submerged in the special effects of this ocean experience. Live sharks and stingrays occupy a 3,000-gallon tank while other colorful and fascinating creatures from the deep occupy additional jewel tanks. Lifesize recreations of various species of sharks and fish hang from the ceilings and walls.
In addition to our marine life, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum is home to many terrestrial animals including Burmese pythons, tarantulas, scorpions, snakes and lizards.
The Gary & Matthew Primm African Savanna Gallery showcases the breathtaking beauty of southern Africa, featuring a watering hole scene and predator-prey relationships.
This Gallery will be closed Tuesday, April 10 - Tuesday, April 17. Sorry for the inconvenience.
The African Rainforest exhibit features the diverse life found in an African jungle. With the push of a button, visitors can see and learn about the animals hidden in the trees and thick brush, and experience a thunderstorm with rain and lightning.
This gallery showcases the amazing adaptations of mammal families. Dozens of mounted animals open visitors' eyes to the variety of ways mammals have adapted physically and in behavior for survival. Families on display include bears, antelope, big cats, wild dogs, deer, and more.
The Wild Nevada Gallery draws visitors into the scenic but rugged beauty of the Mojave Desert. A large variety of plants and animals are featured in this multi-sensory gallery, engaging visitors with computer animation and interactive exhibits.
Discover bizarre characteristics of ice age beasts including Smilodon (saber-tooth cat), a giant ground sloth, and more. See real prehistoric camel and mammoth fossils discovered here in Las Vegas.
The Museum's Geology Gallery explores breaking science news, the phenomenon of fluorescent minerals and geological natural resources.
Families connect in the Young Scientist Center as they become paleontologists and dig for fossils or explore the depths of the ocean as a marine biologist inside a submarine. The Museum brings technology to children's fingertips with computers, microscopes, and interactive exhibits.