Asturias, in the north of Spain, is a perfect destination for outdoor. The landscape is breathtaking everywhere you look.

Travel to this region with kids is fun. And this museum full of dinosaurs is an experience they will really enjoy.

The Jurassic Museum: dinosaurs everywhere!

The Museum is dedicated to the Mesozoic Era, also known as the Age of Reptiles. With three sections dedicated to its 3 periods: The Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic.

Website of the Jurassic Museum of Asturias

People looking at a dinosaur skeleton
What is a dinosaur? Easy explanations and beautiful displays.

The Museum Exhibits

It is called Jurassic Museum because in Asturias there is a large amount of sites with fossils from this period. Both trace fossils (mainly footprints) and true form fossils.

It is a very modern museum (open in 2004) with a beautiful building with a shape of a tridactyle dinasaur footprint.

It is not a very large museum, just the perfect size for kids to get engaged through the whole visit. The panels have short explanations.

With real fossils and some life sized skeleton replicas, like a couple of T-Rex and a Camarasautus.

Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton replicas inside of the musuem
Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Cretaceous exposition.

Dinasours Garden

Outside the museum there is big garden, a delight for the little ones. More than 20 big colorful sculptures of dinosaurs are spread in the grass field:

Diplodocus, Allosaurus, Dacentrurus, Camptosaurus, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Euoplocephalus, Triceratops , Deinonychus, Carnotaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, Parasaurolophuses, etc.

Very educational but even more entertaining!

Parasaurolophus replica in the Museum's garden
Replicas of Parasaurolophus
Girl playing with dinosaur egg replicas
Triceratops with baby and egg replicas
Photo call with dinosaurs eggs for great photos
Dinosaur eggs for family photos

The Coast of the Dinosaurs

From Ribadesella to Gijon There are a few locations where you can find ichnites, fossilised footprints, of dinosaurs.

Tazones, a fishing town

Tazones is a small village with colorful houses, a port and a beach. It is 30 min away from the Museum.

In its beach there are quite a few ichnites, and it is a fun activity to look for them, like a treasure hunt, and they are definitively not easy to find!

Important tip! Bring some chalk with you to underline the footprints, otherwise photos are not good.

Tazones beach
finger pointing at the ichnofossils location in the beach
You see this white point? Here you can find one of the (many) ichnites (footprints).
trydactile dinosaur footprint in the rock
There are 3 trydactile dinosaur footprints like this one in this rock.

We recommend to have a look at this website with more photos of the fossils in Tazones, to be able to recognized them if you see one.

Other places to visit near the Jurassic Museum:

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The closest town from the museum is Llastres, a very picturesque town on the sea cliffs. And it is part of our choices for the ‘Best places for sunsets in Spain‘.


Just 40 min from here you have the coastal city of Gijón. With lots of monuments and restaurants, but also with many interesting options for kids:

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