Housed in a beautiful 1922 heritage building in the centre of the historic town of Raetihi stands the Dinosaur House museum.
This small museum houses New Zealand's largest collection of privately owned dinosaur skeletons, fossils and life-size models. In addition you can also watch several documentaries and even play some retro video games in our dinosaur arcade!
You'll be transported back in time to learn about these amazing animals and the enthralling world that they lived in millions of years ago.
Our museum is guaranteed to capture the imagination of all dinosaur enthusiasts!
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday - Sunday 10am -5pm
Conditions Of Entry
Bags and backpacks
The museum reserves the right to inspect visitors' bags.
Children at the museum
All children aged 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The museum reserves the right to ask any customer to leave without compensation, in circumstances where the museum considers it has reasonable cause, to believe the customer has breached its terms and conditions, failed to comply with any law, regulation or rule applying to the exhibits, contravened Museum staff instructions, is a threat to the security of the Museum and the safety of staff and visitors.
The museum reserves the right to refuse entry to any visitor to the museum.
Please be aware that recorded video surveillance operates throughout the museum for security purposes.
We have a wide selection of toys, books, mugs and T-shirts for every dinosaur fan.
We have several documentaries playing around the museum including:
DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA is an epic chronicle of a prehistoric world now lost to ice, a 250 million year odyssey from the Permian ice age through the warm and lush Age of Dinosaurs - and back again to the frozen desert we know today.
Traveling through deep time, the film explores the causes and repercussions of a changing climate, investigating the end of Earth's last ice age and seeking clues to the future as we face warming today.
There are several car parks available right in front of the museum.
There are 3 steps to climb to access the museum which has displays and exhibits situated over two floors.
We have a temporary wheelchair ramp available at the front door to assist with the entrance.
The ground floor is fully accessible. We regret that the upper floor is inaccessible to wheelchair users because of the nature of this period building. It can only be accessed by a staircase of 22 steps.
Therefore if any visitor is unable to access the second floor they will only pay half the admittance price.
Showcases and displays are focused at a lower level where possible to ensure that they can be viewed and experienced by all.
There are no disabled toilets in the museum. The nearest disabled toilets are straight across the road just a few metres from the museum.
Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the museum at all times.
The Dinosaur House is a small museum which is run by dinosaur enthusiasts Ian & Sarah Moore and their children. The museum contains an amazing collection of dinosaur displays and fossils.
It is a traditional museum using the beauty and majesty of more than 100 specimens to show the public the exciting and wonderful world of fossils and dinosaurs.