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Rock ‘n ‘roll at the museum!

Rock Fossils on Tour is available in English and Dutch.


When a scientist discovers a new, completely unknown fossil, they are allowed to name their discovery. Sometimes the shape of the animal determines the name and at other times it might be the location of the discovery. But some of these scientists decide to name their fossil after their favourite rock star. Our new exhibit titled Rock Fossils on Tour showcases a series of realistic models of bizarre fossils. All of these fossils have been named after a pop artist, rock star, or master of metal. Rock Fossils on Tour shows that natural history has a sense of humour too! This unique and slightly bizarre exhibition brings together fossils and rock stars in an extraordinary way.

Rock Fossils

Big names such as AC/DC, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Lemmy, Mark Knopfler, Corey Taylor, Frank Zappa, Sid Vicious, and many other rock stars form the canon of rock music. These stars are brought together in this exhibition. However, this is not the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame but an exhibition about fossils. These very old and new rock stars are posed on walls and flight cases with each fossil and their associated artist being given their own place. Not only do you learn more about the fossil, but you'll also get to know more about the artist. You can also listen to the music of the artist through headphones placed at nearly all the fossils. Of course, each exhibition panel features a picture of the artist. This is a must-see for all heavy metal and rock music fans and for those passionate about palaeontology.

10 Tons

Rock Fossils on Tour started in 2013 as the Heavy Metal & Punk Fossils exhibition. Danish company 10 Tons created this exhibition in collaboration with Swedish palaeontologist Mats Eriksson and Geomuseum Faxe in Denmark. The first edition of this exhibition at Geomuseum Faxe contained three very special elements: the Kalloprion kilmisteri archetype and the Kingnites diamondi heavy metal worm and its living namesake Danish rock musician King Diamond who personally attended the unveiling of the replica of the fossil that was named after him.
After the exhibition in Faxe, Rock Fossils went on tour to Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Luxembourg. Currently this unique exhibition will be on display in the Netherlands for the first time. Following the success of Microsculpture – the insect photography of Levon Biss, we have the honour of presenting another first exhibition.

Decay prior to fossilisation 

A lecture by Dr Mark Benecke


When: Mark Benecke's lecture has been postponed to next year due to coronavirus. | Exact date will follow
Fee : € 12.50 (including museum admission) 

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dinsdag-vrijdag 11-17 uur
zaterdag en zondag 13-17 uur

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