Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: May 17th to September 7th, 2014

 

A T. Rex Named Sue is Coming to Vermont's Montshire Museum of Science May 17

 

Imagine an Exhibition that Took 67 Million Years to Create! The "A T. Rex Named Sue" exhibit features a cast of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered: 42-feet long, 3,500 pounds, and 12-feet tall at the hips.

 

 

Fleshed-out skull of Sue created by renowned paleoartist Brian Cooley. © The Field Museum/John Weinstein. Sculpture by Brian Cooley. High Resolution 

 

Norwich, Vermont (April 14, 2014) -  The most iconic dinosaur that ever lived is on its way to the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont. The exhibit, A T. Rex Named Sue, scheduled to open May 17th and run through September 7th, 2014, features a cast of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. At 42-feet long, 3,500 pounds, and 12-feet tall at the hips, this fully articulated cast skeleton is the keystone piece of this traveling exhibition which also includes replicated dinosaur fossils, video footage, free-standing interactive exhibits and colorful graphics.

 

Montshire visitors will be able to get hands-on with replicas of Sue’s arm bone, tail, rib and teeth, engage in interactive activities, learn how the T. rex saw, ate and sniffed out prey, and view footage showing the changing perceptions of T. rex over the past hundred years.

 

Sue is the largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever unearthed and is one of the most significant fossil finds to date. Fossil hunter Sue Hendrickson found the specimen in 1990 in the Hell Creek Formation near Faith, South Dakota. In 1997, the Field Museum purchased the 67-million-year-old fossil at auction for $8.4 million, setting the world record for the highest price ever paid for a fossil.

 

Only four T. rex specimens containing more than 60% of their original skeleton have been found. Sue is at least 90% complete—only a foot, one arm, and a few ribs and vertebrae are missing. Because of its near completeness, the specimen has presented the scientific community with a variety of new evidence, and with it Field Museum scientists made important new discoveries about the biology and evolution of Tyrannosaurus rex.

 

Sue will be assembled in Montshire's Main gallery and offers visitors the chance to discover what these professionals have learned.
The discovery of Sue ranks as one of the most important fossil finds ever, with tremendous educational value for scientists and the general public. Tyrannosaurus rex is the most widely recognized dinosaur in the world. Although it was first named almost a century ago, much remains to be understood about this remarkable animal. Carnivorous dinosaurs recently described from the Southern Hemisphere are of similar, or perhaps slightly larger size, but T. rex remains one of the largest flesh-eaters to have ever inhabited the Earth. With its extraordinarily powerful jaws and massive serrated steak-knife teeth, T. rex still dominates popular perceptions of the Age of Dinosaurs.

 

The exhibit A T. Rex Named Sue runs from May 17 through September 7, 2014 at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont (One Montshire Road). It will be the first time the exhibition has been to northern New England.

 

This exhibit was created by the Field Museum, Chicago, and made possible through the generosity of McDonald’s Corporation. Local sponsorship is provided by Geokon, as well as Lake Sunapee Bank, and King Arthur Flour. Media sponsorship provided by WCAX and NHPR.

 

Admission to A T. Rex Named Sue is free with Museum admission. $16 for adults, $14 for children 2-17, and free for Montshire members and children under 2 years of age.

 

The Montshire Museum will be closed May 12-14 during the installation of A T. Rex Named Sue. The Montshire is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Web: www.montshire.org  Exhibit: http://montshire.org/exhibits/featured-exhibitions/a-t.-rex-named-sue, 802-649-2200  

 

Sue without armature or background. © The Field Museum/John Weinstein High Resolution

 

 

Sue’s skull, perhaps the most important part of her skeleton. © The Field Museum/John Weinstein High Resolution

 

 

Reconstructed cast of Sue’s skull. © The Field Museum/John Weinstein High Resolution

 

 

Side view of Sue before unveiling 5/17/2000 at The Field Museum, Chicago. © The Field Museum/John Weinstein High Resolution 

 

 

The Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont, is a hands-on interactive science center with more than 125 exhibits on nature, technology, astronomy, and the physical sciences.  

 

 

About the Museum:

The Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on science center located on 110 acres in Norwich, Vermont. Visitors will enjoy more than 100 interactive exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, technology, and more.

 

From its beginnings in a bowling alley to its current status as one of the best science museums in the country, the Montshire Museum has nurtured an interest in the natural and physical world for nearly a million visitors and schoolchildren in New Hampshire and Vermont.

 

After Dartmouth College’s natural history museum closed in the early 1970s, a group of area educators persuaded the college to donate specimens and other resources in support of a new community science center. The organization was incorporated in 1974, taking its name from the last syllables of the two states whose communities it would serve: VerMONT and New HampSHIRE.

The Montshire Museum’s first home was a former bowling alley. The “new” Montshire opened 15 years later, and has continued to add to its facilities, including the outdoor and water exhibits in Science Park in 2002, and the Hughes Pavilion in 2010. The Montshire is now one of the busiest museums in northern New England, typically attracting more than 150,000 visitors annually. The Museum’s school programs also reach more than 20,000 schoolchildren in New Hampshire and Vermont.

 

 


 

 

 

 Contact & Media Visits  

 

Media Contact: Beth Krusi, Director of Marketing & Communications

Email: beth.krusi@montshire.org

Phone: 802-649-2200 x222

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

 

High Resolution Press Photos Available 
http://montshire.org/about/pressroom/press-photos/a-t.-rex-named-sue
 

 

Montshire Museum of Science

One Montshire Road, Norwich, Vermont, 05055

Web: www.montshire.org

 

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A T. Rex Named Sue is Coming to Vermont's Montshire Museum of Science May 17

Norwich, Vermont -  The most iconic dinosaur that ever lived is on its way to the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont. The exhibit, A T. Rex Named Sue, scheduled to open May 17th and run through September 7th, 2014, features a cast of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. At 42-feet long, 3,500 pounds, and 12-feet tall at the hips, this fully articulated cast skeleton is the keystone piece of this traveling exhibition which also includes replicated dinosaur fossils, video footage, free-standing interactive exhibits and colorful graphics. Sue is the largest and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever unearthed and is one of the most significant fossil finds to date. Fossil hunter Sue Hendrickson found the specimen in 1990 in the Hell Creek Formation near Faith, South Dakota. In 1997, the Field Museum purchased the 67-million-year-old fossil at auction for $8.4 million, setting the world record for the highest price ever paid for a fossil. Admission to A T. Rex Named Sue is free with Museum admission. $16 for adults, $14 for children 2-17, and free for Montshire members and children under 2 years of age. http://montshire.org/exhibits/featured-exhibitions/a-t.-rex-named-sue, 802-649-2200

 

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