The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs Page
The Islands in 1853
The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, built in the 1850s were the first, ever, life-size dinosaur models in the world. I think they are one of the most wonderful things the Victorians ever produced, and that everyone in the world should see them and marvel at them. For the benefit of those of you who can't make it out to Sydenham, Kent (UK), I've made three visits with cameras (two in 1999, one in 2003), and created a virtual tour for you. The tour is circular, so click the links below and start anywhere you like.
History of the Dinosaurs and of This Site
July 1999
November 1999
November 2003

Old Version of This Site (for nostalgists)

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