Sea Monsters

Dinosaurs may have ruled the land, but the oceans were home to prehistoric predators that hunted the depths of the sea.

See some of the largest, fiercest and most successful predators ever that lived in Earth’s oceans. Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Ocean Predators combines real fossils and gigantic replicas that will give you an insight into how these prehistoric animals lived.

An Australian National Maritime Museum touring exhibition in partnership with Queensland Museum. 

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Did you know?

  • Not all scary, big extinct lizards were dinosaurs?
  • Marine reptiles were around at the same time as the dinosaurs but they were not related.
  • That these marine reptiles also inhabited an ancient inland sea right here in Queensland.

Visiting with Children

Let your little ones become a palaeontologist for a day with a dedicated children’s area for them to get hands-on and explore. With so much to see and do, this exhibition is one of the best things to do for families in Brisbane.

To learn more, please read our frequently asked questions.

Things to see and do

  • Plunge into the depths alongside these ancient monsters in an immersive projection 
  • Explore Queensland’s ancient sea monsters through an touch table experience
  • Colour your own sea monster and scan it to see it swimming with others on the big screen
  • Create your own digital sea monster and see if it can stay alive in the oceans
  • Build your own crazy sea monsters with Duplo
  • Lots of exhibition interactives like Terrible Teeth showing  the amazing array of ancient chompers and explores what they tell us about what and how the different creatures ate - Why did Livyatan need teeth 36cm long (the largest of any predator ever)? Why did Elasmosaurus’ teeth intermesh? How did Globidens use its globe-shaped teeth?

Download the exhibition map here.