The Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi exhibition is finally open revealing a host of prehistoric and modern wonders to the public. The exhibition, which is open to public from 10am to 11pm until May 12, is free to visit. From the Murchison meteorite, which Is said to be over seven billion years old, to the remains of Stan the famous Tyrannosaurus Rex is on display at Manarat Al Saadiyat, as part of the showcase.
Sticking with Stan, it dates back over 65 million years, and it also has one of the most complete T-Rex skulls known to man. The fossil itself is also the most well-preserved and is over 39 feet tall, making it a awe-inspiring sight to behold.
The Murchison meteorite, on the other hand, hit Australia in the late Sixties and has been widely studied by scientist since. And given its age, it is bound to hold several secrets of our solar system – the earth, for context, is just over 4.5 billion years old.
Then, there is the recreation of the Stegotetrabelodon syrticus, a four-tusked primitive elephant, which existed in the Late Miocene to Early Pliocene era. Standing at 13 feet high and weighing up to 12 tonnes, this formidable beast roamed Africa, Eurasia and the Arabian peninsula, specifically Abu Dhabi, millions of years ago.
While there are several wonders to explore at the exhibition organised by The Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, it is merely a taster of what visitors can expect from the upcoming permanent museum scheduled to open in the capital in 2025.
If you have an interest in the wonders of the ancient world and more, this is an unmissable exhibition. Or, you can wait until 2025. We’d choose now.