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Warwickshire's Jurassic Sea

Discover the amazing creatures that lived in Coventry and Warwickshire during the time of the dinosaurs

A fossilised ichthyosaur skull from the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum collection

Dippy tickets required | FREE

Presented in collaboration with Warwickshire Museum, this free fossil display will take you back in time to the Jurassic era, a time when much of the region was underwater.

A selection of fossils drawn from both the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and Warwickshire Museum collections offer a fascinating insight into the strange sea creatures that swam through Coventry and Warwickshire between 200 and 145 million years ago. The display includes our star fossil - an ichthyosaur skull found in Harbury.

Held in the Herbert's covered court, this exhibition is only accessible to ticket-holders for Dippy: The Nation's Favourite Dinosaur. Find out more about visiting Dippy here.


The display includes our star fossil – Finn, our ichthyosaur skull


Recently named by Annabelle Elvis, aged 6, who won our naming competition, this fossil was found in a Harbury Cement Quarry and has been part of Herbert Art Gallery & Museum’s collection since the early 1960s.

In 2023, the Ichthyosaur received some much-needed restoration work, which has outlined a flurry of new details.




Pictured: Annabelle Elvis with Curator, Ali Wells