Zigong Dinosaur Museum, 9 km northeast of the center of Zigong, Sichuan, is a large museum which has been built at the world-famous Dashanpu Dinosaur Fauna. It is also the first professional dinosaur museum in China and one of the three largest dinosaur museums with burial site in the world.
Covering an area of over 66,000 square meters, Zigong Dinosaur Museum has a collection of fossil specimens almost including all the known dinosaur species in the Jurassic of 205-135 million years ago. It was regarded as “the best dinosaur museum in the world” by American Global Geography Magazine.
Started to build in April, 1984, Zigong Dinosaur Museum was opened to the public in the Spring Festival of 1987. For its wide-distributed reputation both in China and in the world, until now, Zigong Dinosaur Museum has accepted visitors approximately 7 million person times and acquired great reputation. Tens of leaders of China, such as, Hu Jintao, Qiao Shi, Zhang Aiping, Wan Li, Li Tieying and He nuli, as well as many experts and celebrities have visited the museum. Especially, in May 12, 2003, the Central Secretary-general and President of China, Mr. Hu Jintao visited this museum and showed his confirmation for the great success achieved by the museum.
Since 1989, Zigong dinosaurs have traveled around the world. They were displayed in 23 cities of many countries and regions, 14 times in total. These places include Japan, Thailand, Denmark, United States, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Hong Kong. The exhibitions abroad have attracted over 10 million person times. Meanwhile, Zigong dinosaurs have been displayed in more than 30 cities in China, as in Shanghai, Zhuhai, Beijing, Fuzhou and Shenzhen.
It has been entitled as one of the Forty Top Tourist Attractions in China, one of the first batch of National Geoparks, National AAAA Tourist Attraction, National Popular Science Educational Base for Teenagers, Advanced Unit of Cultural Work, one of the National Top Ten Exhibitions, Key Point Museum of Sichuan Province as well as one of the most Representative 30 China Architectures. It has also acquired the authentication of ISO International Environment Management System.