Big John the Triceratops

World’s Largest Triceratops, Big John, Heading to Glazer Children’s Museum

The Glazer Children’s Museum is expanding its exhibit space to fit something enormous! We are thrilled to announce a brand new exhibit centered around Big John, the world’s largest Triceratops fossil, opening Memorial Day weekend at the Glazer Children’s Museum.

Housed in an immersive exhibit full of interactive, educational, and playful elements, Big John will captivate curious guests and dinosaur lovers of all ages. We hope to see you this Summer at this colossal exhibit, over 66 million years in the making!

Related: Meet the Tampa Family Who Bought Big John the Triceratops and the Paleontologist Who Found Him

The Big John Triceratops Fossil Exhibit at Glazer Children’s Museum Sneak Peek

Big John Triceratops at Glazer Children's Museum rendering
Big John Triceratops at Glazer Children’s Museum rendering.

This brand new exhibit expands the Museum’s third floor to the public to showcase the remarkable specimen, Big John, using our unique approach to playful learning. In the queue, you are guided with questions that stimulate curiosity — When did this creature live? How big was Big John? How was he discovered?

As you turn the corner and begin your journey, these questions set the stage for exploration. We start with the story of how Big John was found and how he made his way to Tampa. Real fossils, maps, and photographs tell the story of unearthing this giant, while a geologic timeline depicts the Age of Dinosaurs.

When you turn the corner, you are immediately face-to-face with Big John himself. A tunnel under his platform allows children and adults alike to crawl to viewing spaces among the display for immersive, first-of-its-kind perspectives of fossils and other Cretaceous specimens. Live presentations will tell stories of how Big John may have lived and how he may have died.

Big John Triceratops at Glazer Children's Museum rendering

Surrounding the central platform are various activities uniting art, pretend play, and science to create true hands-on experiences that will inspire dinosaur fans
of all ages. A balance of technology and physical interactive elements will create a memorable experience for everyone.

Imagination Excavation Gala

To celebrate Big John the Triceratops and support the museum, consider buying tickets to the annual Imagination Excavation Gala on February 3 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. It’s, of course, going to be dinosaur themed and a RAWRing good time for adults! There are also sponsorship opportunities!

BIG Facts About Big John the Triceratops

  • Big John holds the Guinness World Record for Largest Triceratops, measuring nearly 26 feet long
  • He is estimated to be 5-10% larger than any other known Triceratops.
  • He was discovered in 2014 in the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota.
  • Big John’s skull is unique in that it is more than 75% complete.
  • Big John’s frill bears the mark of a traumatic injury, likely due to a fight with another Triceratops.
Big John Triceratops Fossil
Big John. The World’s Largest Triceratops Fossil goes on display at Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa Memorial Day weekend.


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