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The American Museum of Natural History's New T. Rex Exhibit Opens Monday

The American Museum of Natural History's New T. Rex Exhibit Opens Monday

Fully immerse yourself in the life and history of the Tyrannosaurus rex this Monday at The American Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibit, T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator.


T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator is The American Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibit and it opens to the public on Monday, March 11. The exhibit presents the feared and revered dinosaur in a way the American Museum of Natural History never has before, including all of paleontologist’s most recent findings. Visitors will learn how the T. rex grew from a lanky, turkey-like creature to the beast it once was, what made the T. rex the greatest predator of them all, and how its brain affected its vision and other senses.

Having discovered and mounted the first T. rex on display in any museum, T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator is the perfect way for the museum to kickstart its 150th anniversary programming, according to Ellen V. Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History.

Upon entering T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator, you will be chilled by a silhouetted projection of a T. rex lurking beside you. This begins your journey from a model of a baby T. rex, which almost resembles a baby turkey, all the way to the most accurately depicted, full size T. rex model to date, complete with feathers! (Did you know the T. rex had feathers?)

The exhibit utilizes virtual reality in more than one instance to make visitors feel as immersed as possible. In T. Rex: Skeleton Crew, you can participate in a multi-player, interactive, virtual reality experience. Up to three players will team up to build a T. rex skeleton and then watch as it comes to life in its home 66 million years ago, in what is now Montana. The 5-minute experience is for visitors ages 12 and older.

At the end of the exhibit, a 32-foot-long projection of a T. rex is presented in which T. rex hatchlings run around and a life-size T. rex follows your every movement.

Main Image: T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator features the most accurately depicted, full-size T. rex model to date.

Courtesy The American Museum of Natural History

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