Opening September 2021
Start your journey 200 million years ago by meeting one of the largest marine creatures ever to exist called the Pliosaur. You will be greeted by the outline of this huge sea monster stretching across the gallery to a display of its fossil bones found in Aylesbury. Lots of other fossil animals from Bucks prehistoric seas will be on display. As Bucks was under the sea for much of the time that dinosaurs walked the Earth, few dinosaur fossils have been found here, but you will see the claw of one of the largest plant-eating dinosaurs to have lived called a Sauropod.
Geology has shaped the Bucks landscape we see today, including the Chilterns, Thames Valley and Vale of Aylesbury. Discover more about the story of our landscape with our marvellous interactive presentation. The gallery also covers millions of years later when the Ice Age began around 2 million years ago. You will meet the lion and mammoth which roamed this area and explore evidence of other animals that lived here in the cold and warm periods during the Ice Age.