Dinosaur Museum in Zigong

Established in the noted site of dinosaur fossils, Da Shanpu, Dinosaur Museum in Zigong is about 11 kilometers (about 7 miles) from the center of Zigong City. It covers 25,000 square meters (about 17 acres), which makes it the biggest in southeast China. It enjoys the same excellent reputation as the American National and Canadian Dinosaur Parks, presently affording a large-scale preserved dinosaur fossil burial site.

The museum holds affiliated buildings, a green belt and halls which include a fossil burial hall, central hall, conference room, dinosaur ecological environment hall, and so on. Since the opening in 1987, the Dinosaur Museum has enjoyed a top reputation with its unique architectural style, magnificent burial site, life-like exhibits and elegant environment. With two floors and a basement, the huge rock cave-like museum exhibits dinosaur fossils, dinosaur site, plants and animals in the age of dinosaur, and rare species of dinosaurs.

The contents of the Dinosaur Museum can be categorized into three parts.

Introduction to Dinosaurs

The first part concentrates on the evolution of dinosaurs and species, from which we have gained a general understanding of this ancient giant.

Dinosaur Fossils

The second part of the Dinosaur Museum houses many dinosaur fossils exhibited in the tall and spacious shelf hall, including a couple of whole dinosaur skeleton fossils, the most striking of which is the Tianfuensis. It has an imposing body and long tail, about 20 meters (about 66 feet) long, dwarfing other dinosaurs beside it. Other fossils are of animals that lived on meat or plants, as well as those that could swim or fly.

The Burial Site of Dinosaurs

The third part - the burial site of dinosaurs - is the excavation that holds numerous ancient vertebrate animal fossils, mainly those of dinosaurs who lived about 160 million years ago. The site is regarded as the epitome of dinosaur tombs.

Passing through the Dinosaur Museum, you will enjoy its mysterious ambience taking you to the world of more than 100 million years ago.

Tips: The two-star Tanmu Lin Hotel with its ancient style and the three-star San Wan Hotel in the center of Zigong City are convenient. Trains connect Zigong City with Chengdu or Chongqing via Neijiang. Souvenir specialties include Zhu Si Tuan Shan (bamboo fans) and Zigong paper-cuts.

How to get to Zigong Dinosaur Museum from Chengdu

1. Take the regular buses from Xinnanmen Bus Station or East Railway Station Bus Station directly to the Dinosaur Museum.
2. Take a bus from North Gate Bus Station, Chengdu Bus Station, or Airport Bus Station to Zigong first. Then, take Bus 35 to the museum.  
Chengdu Bus / Metro Search
Entrance Fee CNY 40 for adults;
Free of charge for children below 1.2 meters (3.9 feet).
Opening Hours 08:30-17:30 (Stop selling ticket at 17:00)

- Last updated on Apr. 25, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Dinosaur Museum in Zigong
Asked by Pip from UK | Jun. 09, 2021 05:07Reply
Bag storage

Is there a secure place to store bags at the museum? If I go there directly as part of a longer trip, I do not want to carry my luggage around the museum.

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Answered by Alexandra | Jun. 14, 2021 19:35

Don't worry. You can put the luggage at the tourist service centre on 1F of the museum.
Asked by Russell from UNITED STATES | Nov. 18, 2018 10:20Reply
From NYC air travel to Chengdu to visit the dinosaur museum in Zigong?
I want to fly from NYC airports (probably JFK) to CD to visit the dinosaur museum in Zigong. What air routing is best, least number of plane changes (one change maximum)? What is the best reasonably priced hotel in Chengu (clean and safe) for travel by train to Zigong? Will I be able to figure out which train to board in CD that will travel to Zigong (not speaking or understanding Chinese)? Can you please help me.
Thank you. Russell.
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Answered by Shea from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 19, 2018 18:54

I found there will be one direct flight on Wednesday and Sunday. So you can choose the direct flight if your schedule allows. Or you can make a transfer at HKIA or Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to CD.

You would take the train to Zigong, so you are advised to live in the hotel near the CD Railway Station, located at North section of Er'huan Road, Jinniu District. Jiali Hotel is recommended to you, which is near the railway station and much comfortable and cheap. Its starting price is about CNY120. Its location is No.355 North section of Er'huan Road, Jinniu District.

The Chinese name of the railway station is 成都火车站. If you cannot find it, you can show it to the taxi driver.
Asked by A J. from THAILAND | Aug. 30, 2018 00:05Reply
Hi, I really want to visit Zigong Dinosaur Museum in Dec 2018 but it's hard to find an information.
1. Is there a bus from chengdu to the museum directly ?? Which bus station and info about time table ?

2. Could I catch a bus from museum back to Chengdu directly ??

3. Is there any best way to go there ? Like bus from Leshan or others way ?

Thank you so much
Answers (2)
Answered by Chris from NEW ZEALAND | Aug. 30, 2018 21:02

1. Yes, you can take a direct bus from Chazidain Bus Station and the departure time is at 9:30, 11:00, 14:30, 16:00. The fare is about CNY 70 and the journey time is about 3 hours.

2. No, you need to take bus line 306 to the Zigong Bus Station and then take a bus to Chengdu. The departure time is from 7:00 to 19:30 with an interval about 40 minutes.

3. There is no direct bus from Leshan to the museum. But some buses are operate between Leshan Bus Station and zigong Bus Station.
Answered by A J. from THAILAND | Aug. 30, 2018 23:40

Thank you so much for the detail Chris !!
Asked by Hadarats from ISRAEL | Oct. 17, 2017 09:41Reply
What will be the best way to make the trip from chengdu to zigong?
What is the train/bus station name?
Price and duration of jurney?
Thank you
Answers (3)
Answered by Blair from CANADA | Oct. 17, 2017 21:35

You are suggested to take a bus from the General Bus Station, which is available from 9:20 to 17:50. It takes about 2h 30 minutes and CNY65/86.
Answered by Hadarats from ISRAEL | Oct. 18, 2017 01:40

Thank you.
What is the stations name and where is it located in the city east/west/north/south?
Answered by Blair from CANADA | Oct. 18, 2017 20:24

It’s General Bus Station in 194 Yinghui Rd, Chenghua District.
Asked by Olivier from FRANCE | Jul. 10, 2013 11:38Reply
Time to visit the Chengdu Dinosaur Museum
Hello, we are planning our day on Zigong tomorrow and are wondering how many time is approximately necessary to visit the museum, and to go from the city to the museum.
Thank you
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Answered by Lynn from USA | Jul. 11, 2013 03:53

It is suggested to go there for about three to four hours.
The museum is about 9km from the city center, so I think it takes about a half an hour to reach the museum.
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