The American Museum of Natural History is known for its life-sized skeleton replicas of dinosaurs and it’s always fun to walk around and learn about the different types. The T-Rex, however, is one of everyone’s favorite dinosaur so I was excited when I got a chance to see an exhibit dedicated only to the T-Rex. Special Exhibit: T-Rex: The Ultimate Predator at American Museum of Natural History
T-Rex: The Ultimate Predator is an in-depth exhibit that’s all about Tyrannosaurus Rex where you can learn details about the T-Rex from hatchling to adult, find out just how many Tyrannosaurus types there are and learn what makes the T-Rex unique. The exhibit is interactive so it’s especially great for kids but it’s geared for all ages.
My kids loved touching a replica of a thigh bone:
There was a friendly “T-Rex Explainer” who helped us understand some more facts about the T-Rex:
It was cool to see where various Tyrannosaurs were found around the globe.
The life-size replicas had skin (and feathers for the hatchlings) so it was cool to see what they must have looked like:
The virtual reality experience (for ages 12 and up) was amazing! You’re basically in a forest with a live T-Rex right in front of you. I had to keep reminding myself it’s not real. (tip: since the exhibit is timed-entry, go through the rest of the exhibit first, then get on line once most people have gone through so you’ll only wait a few minutes.)
Hands-on activities are geared for toddlers as well as older kids, such as this puzzle:
My kids especially loved doing the “survival challenges”, scattered throughout the exhibit. Those challenges really give you an idea of what day-to-day life may have been like for the T-Rex.
There was so much to learn about the T-Rex. For example, did you know that the hatchlings grow at five pounds per day until adulthood?
Another cool fact: The T-Rex’s teeth were so powerful they could chew other animals’ bones!
T-Rex: The Ultimate Predator is ongoing until Agust 9, 2020. Visit the American Museum of Natural History to learn more and to order tickets. Since it is a special exhibit you will need to get General Admission +One or +All tickets in order to view it. Expect to spend about 45 minutes at the exhibit.
I was not compensated for this post. I received complimentary tickets.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is a freelance writer and has written for several blogs, including The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for eighteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 12, 10 and 6) and loves finding great products for her family.
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