Travel back in time 150 million years at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and meet a fearsome Jurassic beast – the pliosaur. Bristol was a very different place 150 million years ago. Warm seas covered the land where the city stands today and while dinosaurs walked the land and pterosaurs were flying in the skies, marine reptiles dominated the seas. One of the biggest and fiercest of all was the pliosaur. The length of a bus, with sharp teeth the size of bananas, four huge flippers and crushingly powerful jaws, the pliosaur was the ultimate underwater predator. There is nothing alive like them today. Visitors can come face to face with an enormous Pliosaurus called Doris – a full-sized interactive model creating a memorable experience for children and adults alike. Not only will visitors get to meet the beast, afterwards a Jurassic Explorer guide will take visitors on a journey throughout the museum to discover more about Doris’ world – including geology and fine art galleries. Exhibition entry is on a pay-what-you-think basis.

• City Museum & Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RL; 0117 922 3571; bristolmuseums.org.uk