Something big is here

T. REX IS KING

Feel the ground shake? The greatest predator that ever lived has arrived at Auckland Museum.


Until September, Museum visitors will be able to get up close to one of the rarest, most complete T. rex skeletons in the world as it goes on display for the first time ever.

A T. rex skeleton is an incredibly rare sight in New Zealand and one containing real bones is even rarer, as most of the examples in museums are replicas. But what makes this example ultra rare is its stunning black colour, caused by mineral deposits on the bones.
 

ON DISPLAY NOW

TE AO MĀRAMA, SOUTH ATRIUM
ON DISPLAY FRIDAY 15 APRIL - SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
FREE

  • Measuring 12m in length and nearly 4m high, the skeleton, named ‘Peter’, is an awesome sight, posed in what would have been the T. rex’s hunting position.
  • Only four obsidian black T. rex have ever been found so this free, world premiere is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed.
  • One of the most complete T. rex skeletons ever found, damage to Peter's bones reveals the fate of one of nature's most impressive predators.


Want to know more?
Discover the palaeontological study on a new specimen of Tyrannosaurus rex named Peter.

Read the report

 

Enhance your visit

Wander off to the Origins Gallery, grab a bite to eat at one of our cafés or stop by the Museum Store to take home a piece of T. rex with you.

Additional experiences

Your encounter with Peter the T. Rex, doesn't need to end so soon. Join us for some extra special experiences - from Awesome Afternoon Birthday Parties, to a Dinosaur Zoo show!

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