Our Dynamic Earth takes you on a journey through our planet’s past, present and future, with interactive exhibits and impressive technology, including a 4D and 3D experience. Beginning with the Big Bang, children and adults alike can witness the creation of the Earth, follow the planet through its evolution and even catch glimpses of its future. From dry tundra to the bottom of the ocean, a journey through Dynamic Earth is exciting, fun and engaging. Whether coming face to face with an extinct dinosaur, feeling the sticky heat of a tropical rainforest or flying over glaciers in prehistoric Scotland, Dynamic Earth presents all aspects of the planet we live in. Population growth, concepts of time and the realities of climate change are just the tip of the iceberg – and we even have a real one of those too, sitting beneath the magical Aurora Borealis!
Take a look at the journey through Dynamic Earth by viewing our Tour Map.
Opened in March 2006, the exterior of Our Dynamic Earth hosts a free exhibit entitled Earthscape Scotland. This compliments the local landscape allowing you to discover Scotland's own geological heritage.
State of the Earth
Discover our dynamic planet as we know it. You can monitor population growth, discover how the Atlantic Ocean widens daily, and explore the concepts of time. Interactives encourage further investigation and offer you the chance to create your very own earthquake and check the weather around the world. Video screens display dramatic footage of natural phenomena; erupting volcanoes and wild weather systems!
Board the time machine to begin your journey back 15,000 million years. Historical events pass before your very eyes, back 50 years, a thousand years, millions of years, before the life of the dinosaurs and even the formation of the universe, back to the time of the Big Bang.
How It All Started
Once you exit the time machine, you will board the bridge of a spaceship. Through large viewing screens you can look out into space and witness the Big Bang through the eyes of the Hubble Telescope. Galaxies form and give birth to millions of stars and the formation of our solar system.
The final image is of our planet Earth, but with the continents and oceans jumbled and not as we know them today
Enter a barren volcanic landscape on the newly formed planet Earth. After billions of years the Atlantic slowly widens creating the now familiar outlines of our own continents and coastlines. Watch and listen as the floor begins to shake, the smell of sulphur and smoke fills the room and the air heats up... Discover you are standing on an active volcano on the brink of eruption!
Shaping the Surface
Leaving the heat and violence of the Restless Earth, move through into the cool blue light of a craggy ice cave. Take a flight over glaciers in and around the icy and dramatic landscapes of Norway and Scotland. The power of natural forces are revealed as you discover how our landscape has been shaped and eroded by the power of ice.
Casualties and Survivors
Begin their exploration of the planet and the creatures within it. In Casualties and Survivors you will follow the precarious path of evolution and come face to face with some of the winners and losers in life’s struggle for survival. Interactives invite you to explore how evolution has changed animal and plant life as we know it. Discover how mass extinctions occurred and what the dinosaurs might have looked like if the meteorite had not struck.
Following on your exploration you will encounter the extremes of planet Earth, firstly our big blue continent; the oceans. Diving beneath the waves you will be captivated by striking images as you peer out through the portholes to discover different marine environments; from the warm coral reefs to the tropical open seas, into the dark of the deep ocean, to our own coastal kelp forests and into the cold of the polar seas.
Deep within the core of Our Dynamic Earth lies a polar adventure. You’ll have to scrape back the ice, face howling winds and prepare for freezing temperatures to reach the world’s most remote environments. Discover the Arctic and Antarctic in all their magnificence with ice bergs, polar bears, penguins, ice cores and the Aurora Borealis!
Get set for turbulence as you embark on an epic 4D expedition flying from the Arctic to deep within the tropical rainforest. Touch, smell, feel the adventure as you discover the conifers of the boreal forest. Get a raptor's eye view of life as we know it before cooling off in an alpine blizzard. Meet a shark head on, escape the sting of a scorpion's tail and even come face to face with a rhino. All delivered through exciting stereoscopic 3D film and 4D special effects.
The Tropical Rainforest
Continuing on your exploration of the planet, arrive at the edge of the rainforest, dense with buttress trees, undergrowth, ferns and creepers. The steamy air is full of sounds of the rainforest; tropical birds squawking, monkeys chattering and the rustling of the trees. Come face to face with rainforest wildlife, a fierce clouded leopard hides amongst the trees, a komodo dragon drinks by the stream, and an orang-utan swings in the trees. The tranquil atmosphere does not last however as the animals raise their voices, the skies turn black, thunder rolls and a torrential rainstorm ensues.
Packed with stunning high-definition 360 degree digital fulldome technology and explosive surround sound, the ShowDome invites you into an immersive experience like no other. Check our ShowDome page for current films and times.