About the Exhibition
Meet the largest, most complete and best preserved Tyrannosaurus ever unearthed
15 November - 26 April 2009 [EXHIBITION NOW CLOSED]
Stevensons’ Treasures & Tales Gallery
Tickets: $12 Adult | $6 Children | Concessions/Members/Groups $9 | Schools Groups $5
(Includes Museum entry donation)
I am woman, hear me roar! © Field Museum
A T. rex Named Sue examines the story of largest, most complete and best preserved Tyrannosaurus ever found. The T. rex is surrounded by interactive and tactile displays exploring the palaeontology that has helped scientists reconstruct Sue’s life and legacy. The exhibition demonstrates how the Tyrannosaurus was monstrous yet mortal and connects with visitors of all ages and abilities.
Sue, one of the most fearsome flesh-eaters to have inhabited the Earth, roamed North America 67 million years ago. This ‘Tyrant Lizard King’, with her extraordinarily powerful jaws and massive serrated steak-knife-like teeth, will terrify and fascinate visitors of all ages.
Sue comes to Auckland Museum from The Field Museum in Chicago. The dramatic, full-sized cast of Sue’s 12.8 metre long and 3.6 metre high skeleton forms the centrepiece of this exhibition, which also includes fun, interactive pods exploring the palaeontology that has helped scientists reconstruct Sue’s life and legacy.
Sue is remarkable because of the size and exquisite preservation of her bones. Sixty-seven million years after her death, it is still possible to see fine details where muscles and tendons attached to the bone. The fossil has been described as amongst the most significant scientific gem ever unearthed.
A T. rex Named Sue also asks ‘did Sue have a New Zealand cousin?’ as it investigates fascinating evidence of large meat eating dinosaurs in New Zealand. A Fossil Footsteps trail allows you to don your explorer’s hat and embark on a prehistoric discovery of New Zealand dinosaurs in the Museum’s Origins gallery.
Don’t miss our cranky Cretaceous lady!
Sleepover with Sue
Be among the lucky few who get to sleepover with Sue! For full details and to make bookings for groups of 30 children or more, click here »