'Dinosaurs. Giants from Argentina' at the San Gaetano Altinate Culture Centre

150 million years summarized in an engaging and interactive exhibition!

From 08 October 2016 to 26 February 2017

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From 8th October 2016 to 26th February 2017, the much-awaited exhibition 'Dinosaurs. Giants from Argentina’ is on in Padua!

Hosted at the San Gaetano culture centre, the Padua dinosaur exhibition presents the origins and evolution of the various species of reptiles that ruled the Earth millions of years ago. Designed to engage children and adults in the discovery of an important period for our planet, the 2016 Padua exhibition dinosaur goes beyond the traditional concept of science exhibition offering the general public the opportunity to interact directly with the arrangements of the exhibition.

Presented in Italy for the first time, the dinosaur exhibition in Padua at the San Gaetano cultural centre is considered one of the most complete and important science exhibitions worldwide on the evolution of dinosaurs. On display unique artefacts from Argentina - one of the richest areas in the world from a paleontological point of view - which had never been exhibited in Italy before.

'Dinosaurs. Giants from Argentina 'will show the public how dinosaurs evolved: 150 million years reconstructed by original finds and accurate copies... This great historical reconstruction starts from the origins of dinosaur and reaches their extinction. It was mostly developed in Argentina, since no other country in the world has produced such a wide variety of species and artefacts. The enormous wealth of specimens dating back to the three periods of the Mesozoic found in Argentina make it one of the most advanced countries in the study of dinosaurs!

The dinosaur exhibition in Italy 2016 at San Gaetano will bring many original finds to Italy, belonging to the collections of major Argentinian museums, along with precise reproductions, made with advanced techniques starting from fossils, by palaeontologists who contributed to the conception and development of this fascinating exhibition.

The exhibition analyses the entire chronological evolution of dinosaurs:

  • Triassic: although devoid of the variety of marine and terrestrial species found in subsequent periods, it has left important traces in the natural park of Ischigualasto, where the five oldest dinosaurs ever found were discovered, among which Eoraptor lunensis and Herrerasaurus ischigualastensis on display at the exhibition in Padua.
  • Jurassic: this is the period that witnesses a large increase in the variety of dinosaurs with the emergence of great predators and the first feathered dinosaurs, supposedly even able to fly. Jurassic is the best known period in the collective imagination, largely thanks to literature and science fiction movies.
  • Cretaceous: the last period before the extinction of dinosaurs, during which, on top of the development of flowering plants, dinosaurs reach their highest level of biodiversity.

Life size reconstructions of dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period can be viewed in the exhibition: Argentinosaurus huinculensis, the largest herbivorous dinosaur in the world, could reach 38m in length, while Giganotosaurus carolinii, 13m long and weighing 10 tons is even bigger than the famous Tyrannosaurus rex and is certainly the largest-known land carnivore.

Many eggs from the Auca Mahuevo archaeological site in Patagonia, in the province of Neuquén, also date back to the Cretaceous period. There is also an embryo of a giant herbivorous dinosaur, also discovered at Auca Mahuevo, on display at the San Gaetano Culture Centre together with the virtual reconstruction of its development inside the egg.

To complement the arrangement of the exhibition, the San Gaetano Altinate culture centre includes a series of lectures and a film festival with various events open for the entire duration of the exhibition. The conferences, organized by the Department of Geosciences at the University of Padua, will delve into the topics covered in the exhibition with university professors, researchers and industry experts, while the screenings, suitable for both adults and children, will present films and documentaries related to the world of dinosaurs.

'Dinosaurs. Giants from Argentina' is organized by the Municipality of Padua, 24 ORE Cultura - Gruppo 24 ORE and Contemporanea Progetti and Cubo, in partnership with the palaeontology civic museums of Argentine and Conicet. The exhibition is curated by Edgardo J. Romero, from the Argentina Museo de Ciencias Naturales, Bernardino Rivadavia, and Guido Barbujani, professor of genetics at the University of Ferrara.

Giants from Argentina: dinosaur exhibition in Padua with important evidence related to their origin and evolution. Do not miss this fascinating exhibition, the first of its kind in Italy!


Padua Exhibitions in 2016 'Dinosaurs. Giants from Argentina’ Dates & Times

From 8th October 2016 to 26th February 2017

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday: from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm
  • Wednesday and Saturday: from 9.00 am to 10.00 pm
  • Closed: December 25th

Dinosaur exhibition Padua Tickets

  • Monday through Friday
    Adults €7.00
    Students €5.00
    Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children under 14 years): €20.00
    Free admission for children up to 5 years (not included in a school group)
  • Saturdays, Sundays, weekends and holidays
    Adults €10.00
    Concessions €8.00 (students under 26, over 65, groups of min. 10 persons)
    Students €5.00
    Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children under 14 years): €20.00
    Free entry for children up to 5 years of age (not included in a school group)

Other side events at the dinosaur exhibition in Padua'

  • Thursday, October 20th 2016: special opening of the Museum of Geology and Palaeontology of the University of Padua.
  • From October 27th to November 27th 2016: exhibition 'Dinosaurs of Ezio Gribaudo' at the Altinate San Gaetano Culture Centre with paintings and sculptures that interpret memory using the image of dinosaurs.
  • From December 17th 2016 to February 26th 2017: the exhibition 'Godzil-land. A fantastic journey from the Lost World to Jurassic Park' at the Altinate San Gaetano culture centre, makes dinosaurs appeal to the popular imagination in an artistic and imaginative way.
By Insidecom Editorial Staff


Period: From 08 October 2016 to 26 February 2017

Event location: San Gaetano Altinate Culture Centre, Padua

Contacts: for more info on the exhibition dinosaur exhibition in Padua visit http://www.dinosauripadova.it/

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