Rochester Museum and Science Center Exhibits Largest T rex Ever Unearthed

The Rochester Museum and Science Center is displaying the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered in a new traveling exhibit. So big, in fact, that six ceiling tiles in the RMSC Riedman Gallery need to be removed in order to fit the massive cast skeletal structure. The hands-on exhibit, called A T. rex Named Sue, is on view through January 6, 2013.

A T. rex Named Sue brings the story of Sue to life in a multisensory experience that combines visual, tactile, audible and aromatic activities. Visitors will marvel at the most famous T. rex’s size and ferocity while learning about her scientific importance.

The 5,500-square-foot exhibit space includes several unique areas that will “transport” visitors to the Mesozoic era. Sue’s fully articulated cast skeleton, the exhibit centerpiece, stands at 42 feet (12.8 m) long and 12 feet (3.66 m) tall at the hips. Visitors come face-to-face with Sue’s skull, a whopping 5 feet (1.5 m) in length, which rotates and growls. Throughout the exhibition, visitors explore the way Sue lived, died, and interacted with her environment. Community members discover how Sue has been the key to help unlock many secrets of her species, and learn about the creative methods of fossil preparation and study. Visitors explore her experiences while uncovering the truth behind dino-myths and speculation.

Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) receives major funding from Monroe County. RMSC includes a planetarium, nature center and science/regional history museum. The mission of the RMSC is to stimulate broad community interest and understanding of science and technology, and their impact—past, present, future—on our lives. For more information about RMSC, visit