Last roar for Lost Creatures before refurbishment

17 June 2022

After almost a decade of taking visitors on a prehistoric journey into Queensland’s ancient past, Queensland Museum’s popular Lost Creatures exhibition is set to close for refurbishment.

Visitors have until mid-June to visit the exhibition to view some of Queensland’s long-lost inhabitants including dinosaurs, giant marine reptiles and megafauna.

Queensland Museum CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the refurbishment will allow the conservation team to assess the condition of the specimens, which have been on display for a number of years.

“Even in carefully controlled conditions of museum galleries, it’s important our objects and specimens are rested and rotated,” Dr Thompson said.

“The refurbishment of Lost Creatures will ensure our palaeontological treasures are reviewed by our team of conservators, ready to be displayed again in the future.

Since its opening in December 2013, Lost Creatures has welcomed millions of visitors keen to learn more about Queensland’s fossil history and showcased our state’s dinosaurs such as Australovenator, Kunbarrasaurus, Rhoetosaurus and the iconic Muttaburrasaurus that has been a fixture of Queensland Museum since the 1980s.

Another unique feature of Lost Creatures is more than 90 square metres of the famed Lark Quarry dinosaur trackway featuring hundreds of footprints, that weighs in at close to a tonne.

Featured in the gallery are four of the 12 Fossil Emblem finalists for Queensland including Muttaburrasaurus langdoni, Rhoetosaurus brownie, Siderops kehli and Isisfordia duncani, visitors are encouraged to see them in real life before nominating their favourite.

Continuing with the museum’s long-standing collaboration with BHP and BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), the refurbishment is powered by Project DIG, a ground-breaking partnership that is transforming how the museum stores, explores and shares its collection and research.

BMA’s Head of Health, Safety & Environment Adam Webb said Project DIG was transforming palaeontology exhibitions through the use of cutting-edge technology, 3D printing and photogrammetry. 

“For more than a decade BHP/BMA has been supporting Queensland Museum in sharing the stories of Queensland’s past, including spectacular megafauna that was found at one of our operations,” Mr Webb said.

“It has been exciting to be part of this journey with Queensland Museum and we cannot wait to see what the next iteration of Lost Creatures will be.”

Lost Creatures is scheduled to close on 11 July 2022 and the refurbished gallery will open in early 2023.

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