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“The Nation’s T. rex” arrives in Washington, D.C.

April 15, 2014
The National Museum of Natural History announced today that a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton has arrived in Washington, D.C. Called the Nation’s T. rex, it will be the centerpiece of the museum’s new 31,000-square-foot dinosaur and fossil hall, which is slated to open in 2019. The current dinosaur and fossil hall will close to the public at the end of the day April 27 in preparation for the largest, most extensive exhibition renovation in the museum’s history.
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Nation's T. rex

T. rex

Courtesy of Kirk Johnson / National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

A bronze replica of the Nation’s T. rex towers over Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Mont. The actual T. rex specimen arrived at the National Museum of Natural History on April 15, and will be the centerpiece of the museum’s new 31,000-square-foot dinosaur and fossil hall, which is slated to open in 2019.

Nation's T. rex: Deep Time

Deep Time West Cretaceous

Courtesy Smithsonian Institution

This exhibit sketch featuring a Triceratops and soaring pterosaur brings the world in which the T. rex lived to life, and is just one possibility of what visitors could see after the museum’s largest, most extensive exhibition renovation is complete. The Nation’s T.

Nation's T. rex: Dinosaur and Fossil Hall

Dinosaur and Fossil hall

Photo by Donald E. Hurlbert / Smithsonian Institution

The current dinosaur and fossil hall will close to the public at the end of the day April 27 in preparation for the largest, most extensive exhibition renovation in the museum’s history. The Nation’s T.

Nation's T. rex: Femur bone

Femur bone

Photo by James Di Loreto / Smithsonian Institution

On April 15, 2014, the National Museum of Natural History welcomes the Nation's T. rex to the Smithsonian Institution. The Tyrannosaurus rex specimen, on loan from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is the Museum's first nearly-complete T. rex skeleton, and will be the centerpiece of the Museum's renovated fossil hall slated to open in 2019.

Nation's T. rex: Loan agreement

Loan agreement

James Di Loreto / Smithsonian Institution

On April 15, 2014, the National Museum of Natural History welcomes the Nation's T. rex to the Smithsonian Institution. The Tyrannosaurus rex specimen, on loan from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is the Museum's first nearly-complete T. rex skeleton, and will be the centerpiece of the Museum's renovated fossil hall slated to open in 2019.

Nation's T. rex: Skeleton

T. rex skelton

Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution

The Nation’s T. rex is one of the largest and most complete T. rex specimens ever discovered, with 80–85 percent of the skeleton recovered. The fossil specimen arrived at the National Museum of Natural History on April 15, and will be the centerpiece of the museum’s new 31,000-square-foot dinosaur and fossil hall, which is slated to open in 2019.

Nation's T. rex: The discoverers

Wankel family with femur

James Di Loreto / Smithsonian Institution

On April 15, 2014, the National Museum of Natural History welcomes the Nation's T. rex to the Smithsonian Institution. The Tyrannosaurus rex specimen, on loan from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is the Museum's first nearly-complete T.

Nation's T. rex: The Rex Room

the Rex Room logo

Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution

Beginning on April 15, museum-goers can visit the “Rex Room,” a 1,830-square-foot interim exhibition, which offers visitors the unique opportunity to see staff members unpack, catalogue, photograph and 3D scan the 66-million-year-old bones of the Smithsonian’s new Tyrannosaurus rex. The Nation’s T.

Nation's T. rex: Unveiling

Unveiling

James Di Loreto / Smithsonian Institution

On April 15, 2014, the National Museum of Natural History welcomes the Nation's T. rex to the Smithsonian Institution. The Tyrannosaurus rex specimen, on loan from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is the Museum's first nearly-complete T. rex skeleton, and will be the centerpiece of the Museum's renovated fossil hall slated to open in 2019.

Nation's T. rex: Welcome Ceremony

Skip Hommer IV

James Di Loreto / Smithsonian Institution

On April 15, 2014, the National Museum of Natural History welcomes the Nation's T. rex to the Smithsonian Institution. The Tyrannosaurus rex specimen, on loan from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is the Museum's first nearly-complete T. rex skeleton, and will be the centerpiece of the Museum's renovated fossil hall slated to open in 2019. Lt. Gen. Thomas P.


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