Ancient and full of mysteries is the story of the dinosaurs, which has always fascinated scientists and curious people from all over the world; and you certainly won't have to go to Costa Rica (the place where the Jurassic Park is located in the film) to learn more or learn more about the history of these fascinating reptiles, which populated the earth before man.
So suitcase and explorer's hat in hand, here are the most important jurassic-themed museums and places where authentic fossils have been found, throughout Europe.
1 - Natural History Museum, London (United Kingdom)
It is one of the most beautiful museums in London, certainly suitable for young and old, and houses one of the largest dinosaur collections in the world.
For a long time it owed its fame toexhibition of the skeleton of a Diplodocus, twenty-six meters long and kindly nicknamed "Dippy", which for 112 years has welcomed tourists from all over the world. Lately Dippy has been replaced by Hope's skeleton: a blue whale.
From ancient giant sequoias, butterflies, extinct sloths, crocodiles, dinosaurs, minerals and meteorites, this very interesting museum, conceived with themed rooms, research laboratories and libraries, will tell you about the eras of our planet, entertaining and stimulating curiosity and interest.
The museum is accessible by tube from London Victoria.
2 - Museum fur Naturkunde, Berlin (Germany)
Founded in 1889, this Museum of Natural Sciences is very famous for the exposure of a Brachiosaurus: twelve meters high and twenty-four meters long, and for the reconstruction of an Archeopteryx: a primitive bird.
Very interesting the three permanent exhibitions su: birth of the earth and mechanisms of evolution, cosmos and solar system.
Curious i Jurassiscopes: multimedia telescopes that "bring back to life" the dinosaurs of the Jurassic era.
There are also many amphibians, fish and molluscs preserved in solutions of water and alcohol and exhibited in the exhibition.
The museum can be reached by train from Berlin Hauptbahnof and Berlin Friedrichstrasse.
3 - Sholnhofen Plattenkalk, Sholnhofen (Germany)
One of the most famous fossil sites and important internationally.
More than twelve are in fact the specimens of the fossil remains of Archeopteryx right here found, thanks to the manual extraction of limestone performed on site.
Archeopteryx was considered by scholars to be the link between reptiles and primordial birds.
All major regional trains stop on Sholnhofen.
4 - Jurassic Coast, Coast Dorset - East Devon (United Kingdom)
Extending for 155 km, the Jurassic Coast (between Coast Dorset and East Devon) welcomes cliffs and inlets that testify two hundred years of geological history.
An exploratory path therefore, which will be articulated between the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous eras. Very interesting is the stop at the Dorchester Dinosaur Museum.
The Jurassic Coast is accessible from Weymouth and Lyme Regis train stations.
5 - Museu da Lourinha, Lourinha (Portugal)
This museum is most famous for theexhibition of the Theropod nest, discovered in 1993 on the Paimogo beach, in which the eggs of Lourinhanosaurus are contained, even containing embryonic bones.
In addition to the dinosaur fossils, it will also be It is possible to admire the remains of invertebrates, crocodiles, pterosaurs, turtles and mammals belonging to different geological eras, e the largest ethnographic collection from the western region of the country, with representations of ancient and traditional crafts.
The town of Lourinha, where the Museum is born, is easily accessible by bus from Lisbon.
6 - Museo Jurasico de Asturias, Asturias (Spain)
It is famous for the feathered reconstruction of a Velociraptor and for the most important collection of fossil footprints in the world (found and preserved precisely on the Asturian coast, from Gijòn to Ribadesella).
The museum was founded in 2004 and has the curious characteristic of reproducing the footprint of a three-fingered dinosaur in its architectural design.
The spaces of the museum are dedicated to the three most important periods of the Mesozoic: Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous; there is also a special section dedicated to dinosaur faunas and geographical evolution in this era, including: about 8.000 fossil specimens, including footprints, vertebrate remains, invertebrate elements and plant fossils.
The Museum is easily accessible from Gijòn.
7 - Isle of Dinosaurs, Isle of Wight from Sandown (England)
The island is full of dinosaur footprints and fossils, is a small and real open-air museum, so much so that it has been nicknamed "dinosaur island".
The reptile remains were first found in 1819 and have since become part of a veritable geological collection which attracts tourists from all over the world: it will not be difficult to come across fossils and footprints while you are along the coast of sunny Compton Beach; and it will also be possible to take part in one of the many and interesting exploratory walks organized by the local museum.
The Isle of Wight can be reached from Portsomouth or Southampton.
8 - Musée Parc de Dinosaures, Meze, (France)
Considered the largest museum of dinosaur eggs and bones across Europe, this open-air museum is built around a paleontological site that was discovered in 1996.
Articulated in spacious paths shaded by a surrounding pine forest, where life-size reproductions of dinosaur skeletons and related explanatory panels take place, the museum is suitable for young and old.
Easily accessible from Sète, Montpellier and Béziers.
9 - Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels (Belgium)
The fossil remains of the Iguanodon: a dinosaur specimen, discovered in 1878 in a Bernissart coal mine, south of Belgium.
The museum is entirely dedicated to the evolution of living beings, in fact, there are 600 fossils and 400 dried animals, including bears, lizards, elephants and some species of animals that became extinct millions of years ago.
Easily accessible from the Brussels North and Brussels Midi train stations.
10 - Dinopolis, Teruel (Spain)
Consideredone of the largest paleontology museums in the world, Dinopolis is a theme park suitable for young and old, in fact many fun educational activities, dedicated to the mysterious world of dinosaurs.
Thanks to interactive games, it will be possible to discover how dinosaurs lived or explore seas that disappeared before the appearance of man on earth.
The paleontological room of the museum exhibits one of the best European collections of original fossils and life-size reproductions: the famous Tyrannosaurus Rex is really impressive. Dinopolis is also the only place in the world where it will be possible to see a Tyrannosaurus and a Brachiosaurus together.
The town of Teruel, where the park is located, is easily accessible from Madrid or Barcelona.