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Welcome to the world of the Tyrannosaurus rex. Come face-to-face with one of the world’s most famous predators and experience the life of SUE the T. rex as never before.

Featuring a new, fully articulated SUE cast with added gastralia (“belly ribs”), a one-of-a-kind narrated show, and realistic computer animated scenes, SUE: The T. rex Experience is a journey through Hell Creek, SUE’s home and one of the most well-documented ecosystems from the age of dinosaurs. Touchable fossil replicas, scent stations, and a naturalistic soundscape create an immersive, multi-sensory experience.

Investigate how SUE was transformed into a fossil after death and learn about SUE’s discovery millions of years later. Follow the process of extracting the bones and their eventual preparation and display, and put yourself in the boots of paleontologists by trekking across a life-sized quarry map. Understand the importance of SUE as a research specimen and get up close with a replica of SUE’s unrestored skull, just as it looked when it came out of the ground. Learn what scientists have discovered from studying the most complete T. rex ever found, and test your knowledge with a digital quiz—are you a T. rexpert?

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The exhibition’s centerpiece is a cast of SUE’s 40.5-foot-long skeleton, paired for the first time with a complete replica skeleton of T. rex’s nemesis, Triceratops. Experience the SUE Show, a dramatic narrated program showcasing the evidence that this fierce predator lived a dangerous life, but survived to old age against the odds. Watch realistic animated scenes of Cretaceous South Dakota then, see fossils of dinosaurs, mammals, turtles, plants, and more that informed this detailed reconstruction. Feel the textures and discover the smells and sounds of this ancient world.

SUE: The T. rex Experience will be on view from Saturday, May 23, 2020 through Monday, September 7, 2020 inside the Hsiao Family Special Exhibition Gallery on the first floor of the museum. Admission to SUE: The T. rex Experience is included with all museum admission tickets.

SUE: The T. rex Experience was organized by the Field Museum and is part of the Griffin Dinosaur Experience, made possible by generous support from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund.


Image of skull fossil can be credited to © The Field Museum, GEO86127c, Photographer John Weinstein

Did You Know?

SUE the T. rex

Dating back to the Cretaceous period—about 67 million years ago—SUE lived to the upper end of the life expectancy of a T. rex, about 30 years. 


SUE: The T. rex Experience
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