SUE the T. rex is the most complete, best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. And SUE is coming to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Feb. 12.
The traveling exhibition SUE: The T. rex Experience features the latest scientific discoveries about this incredible fossil. The exhibition tickles guests’ senses as they explore SUE’s world, touch casts of real dinosaur fossils, hear the throaty rumble of a T. rex growl, and come face to face with SUE.
“Our community has expressed an unwavering interest in dinosaurs, and we can’t wait to introduce SUE to Colorado through this exciting exhibition,” Denver Museum of Nature & Science President & CEO George Sparks says. “We hope this glimpse into SUE’s world inspires budding paleontologists and reignites a flame of curiosity in everyone else.”
SUE’s fossils are on permanent display at the Field Museum in Chicago, so the traveling exhibition gives you a chance to experience SUE through:
- An exact cast of SUE’s skeleton, measuring in at 40 feet from snout to tail and 13 feet tall at the hip.
- A full size, fleshed-out replica of a T. rexpreying on the duck-billed herbivore, Edmontosaurus.
- Floor-to-ceiling animations of SUE tromping through their world, encountering other animals and occasionally letting loose an intimidating growl.
- Touchable bronze casts of SUE’s bones.
- A multimedia light show that highlights the details of SUE’s skeleton.
Scientists are learning new things about T. rex every day, due in large part to SUE’s incredibly well-preserved bones. In this new traveling exhibition, SUE’s skeleton features all the latest scientific updates, including new “belly ribs” called gastralia that stretched across T. rex’s abdomen and helped it breathe. They make SUE look bigger and more ferocious than ever before.
Colorado Discoveries Featured
“Most of the metro area is situated on top of rocks deposited during SUE’s time, so not only are we excited for SUE to visit Colorado, but we also have some incredible recent discoveries closer to home that guests will get to explore as part of the exhibition,” Museum Curator of Dinosaurs Joe Sertich adds.
Guests who experience the exhibition in Denver will also get to see more than 20 specimens from the collections of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, including:
- The femur and a vertebra of the only T. rexskeleton ever found in Colorado.
- Part of the Triceratopsthat was found at a construction site in Highlands Ranch, Colo., in 2019.
- The jaw from the Torosaurus that was found in Thornton, Colo., in 2017.
- The jaw of a mystery horned dinosaur collected from Leyden, Colo. in 1975.
- Rare skulls of armored and dome-headed dinosaurs never before displayed in the Museum.
- Crocodile, turtle and mammal specimens discovered outside of Colorado Springs, Colo., from 2017-2019.
Please note that a timed ticket for Museum entry and a separate timed ticket for entry into SUE: The T. rex Experience is required. For more information and ticketing, visit dmns.org.
SUE: The T. rex Experience was organized by the Field Museum and is part of the Griffin Dinosaur Experience, made possible by the generous support of the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund.
The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205. To learn more about the Museum, visit dmns.org or call 303-370-6000.
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