Escape and Explore Dynamic Earth this Summer!

The weather is (finally!) hotting up and we are all very excited that summer seems to be making an appearance at last!  It has been a very tough year for everyone, but we are hopeful that restrictions will continue to ease and we can all enjoy life as ‘normal’ once more. The school holidays are almost here, and we are ready to have some summer stay-cation FUN!

Dynamic Earth will be extending its opening hours from July onwards, with visits available 4 days a week, from Thursday to Sunday.  In line with the current Covid guidelines and government regulations, we do still require all visits to be booked online in advance via our website, so make sure to plan your visit and get your tickets early.  We want all of our guests to feel safe and have a relaxed, fun day out with us and we are doing our utmost to ensure this is possible.  Come and experience the 'journey of a lifetime' as you explore our galleries and travel through time, discovering more about how our amazing planet was formed and evolved, and explore everywhere from the Arctic regions to a tropical rainforest!

You’ll also have the chance to experience our BRAND NEW 6k Digistar Planetarium, which is the only one of it’s kind in the UK!  The state of the art renovations have been completed within our ShowDome - the £650 000 investment in new technology & cutting edge software now means that visitors can now immerse themselves in surround-sound, viewing fully digital 360° screens with pin-sharp 6K resolution via our upgraded high-tech projectors.  It will totally transform your experience, and, in addition to our existing library of fantastic, favourite Dome films, you will also get the chance to book into one of our brand new LIVE presenter-led Planetarium shows - taking you on a tour around the galaxy and beyond, from the comfort of our cinema style seats!

And while you are here, why not check out all the awesome additional summer activities running in conjunction with the Edinburgh Science Festival which kicks off at the end of the month?

Our handy What’s On Guide will give you the low-down on all the exciting events we have coming up - just take a look at what we have in store! 

Discovering the Deep Outdoor Exhibition

Delve into the deep at our outdoor ocean photography exhibition - part of Dynamic Earth’s Discovering the Deep project funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.  This fascinating exhibition tells the story of marine science in Scotland. Find out more about Edinburgh’s unsung hero, Charles Wyville Thomson whose pioneering exploration of Scotland’s marine environment in the 19th century launched the modern science of oceanography. Marvel at the investigations of researchers working in Scotland right now and discover how scientists get to and study such remote, deep locations.  Explore these amazing habitats and the creatures that live there.  The exhibition is suitable for all ages and accompanying it will be ocean-themed drop-in children’s activities including augmented reality colouring-in and a coral reef survey game.

Urban Fossil Detective

You don’t need to travel far to become a fossil detective!  Loads of the buildings and pavements right here in Edinburgh are made of sedimentary rocks like limestone, slate and sandstone and these are the best kinds of rocks for finding fossils...

Follow Dynamic Earth's online self-guided walking trail to discover what ancient creatures can be found in rocks, buildings and even pavements right here in the capital city.  Grab a notebook and a magnifying glass and use our handy fossil hunters guide to start hunting! If you do find any new fossils take a photo and tag #DynamicEarth on social media to be in with a chance of winning our fossil hunter’s prize at the end of the festival.

Fire and Ice Family Walks

Why not come and join the Dynamic Earth team for a family-friendly walk in Holyrood Park exploring Edinburgh's volcanic past.  Arthur’s Seat is well known for being an extinct volcano, but where are the clues that tell us this is true? This short walk will take you to some key points under the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, taking you back 350 million years to a time of fire, ash and lava…  These fun and informative walks will depart twice daily on four different dates, click here to reserve your place!

Digital Outdoors: Satellites and Environmental Science

Satellites are one of the most useful ways technology can be used in environmental science. They enable researchers to capture images of environments, monitor changes, collect data about temperatures & atmosphere, and track wildlife movements and populations.

Join the Dynamic Earth learning team for this outdoor workshop which will explore how climate scientists use satellites and how they work. Discover how far away satellites are, how GPS works and take some “satellite” images of your own. Try your hand at time-lapse photography and drawing your own big outdoor picture using satellite technology.  Discover how satellite technology can be used by environmental scientists to learn about our planet.

Geology Walks with Dr Isla Simmons

Unravel the fascinating volcanic history of Edinburgh in this exciting geology walk of Holyrood Park with volcanologist, Dr Isla Simmons and find out how geologists look for clues in the rocks around us to discover how they were formed. Uncover the volcanic past of Arthur’s Seat, while considering what Edinburgh would have been like over 300 million years ago. Explore the different types of volcanic activity that occurred at Arthur’s Seat - from explosive eruptions to gentle effusion of lava - by observing the range in rock types preserved in the park. And find out how Arthur’s Seat and the Salisbury Crags were formed by very different volcanic processes.

All ticketed events can be booked in advance via the Science Festival Website.

There’s so much going at Dynamic Earth, we don’t know what to do first! Come along to escape and explore all the wonders of our planet this summer - we can't wait to welcome you!

18 Jun 2021


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