The hills and coastlines of Asturias are not only rich in prehistoric human history but also contain the fossilized remains of a much older and more primeval past, of the saurians that once dominated the landscape of Spain and the world at large.
The skeletons of many of these extinct creatures can be seen at the superb Jurassic Museum of Asturias (El Museo del Jurásico de Asturias). The museum itself is housed within a bizarrely shaped copper-roofed building designed by the architect Rafael Urribelarrea (and unmistakenly resembling a giant pair of breasts). Inside, it holds one of the largest and most complete collections of dinosaur remains in the world.
Within the museum, you’ll find an immense display of fossils collected locally, including many dinosaur bones and footprints. There are also many assembled skeletons of dinosaur species on exhibit, such as the long-necked Camarasaurus. But it is perhaps the pair of horny T-Rex skeletons that take the cake as the collection’s most amusing and uniquely bawdy dino display.
Outside, on the spacious grounds of the museum, stand a number of gigantic lifesize and (presumably) lifelike sculptures of predatory and herbivorous dinosaurs, which make the lawns resemble an Iberian Jurassic park.
Know Before You Go
The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 pm to 6 p.m. and weekends from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The entrance fee is 7.21 euro.