T. rex: The Ultimate Predator

Experience a jaw-dropping new look at the legend

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Everyone knows Tyrannosaurus rex. But do you know how this mega-predator evolved to become the most fearsome carnivore of the Mesozoic?

A groundbreaking new exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History, T. rex: The Ultimate Predator reveals the amazing story of the most iconic dinosaur in the world through stunning life-sized models, fossils and casts, and engaging interactives. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Mark A. Norell who has led and participated in a number of scientific investigations into the biology and evolutionary history of tyrannosaurs, including the first discovery of a feathered tyrannosaur, Dilong paradoxus. The Bullock Museum will be the first museum to host T. rex after its debut at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City where it is currently on view through August 19, 2020.

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Inside the Exhibition

Learn the answers to these questions:

  • What is T. rex? Explore the century-old discovery of T. rex and our evolving understanding of this theropod.

  • How did T. rex live and grow? Examine the features that allowed T. rex to dominate its competition and learn about the sensory abilities and social behaviors of this powerful hunter.

See life-sized models, fossils, and casts of:

  • Dilong paradoxus — the first tyrannosaur found with fossilized feathers.

  • Proceratosaurus bradleyi — the earliest known tyrannosaur which lived about 167 million years ago.

  • T. rex juvenile — even a four-year-old T. rex was as large as any other predatory dinosaur in its habitat.

  • T. rex adult — the exhibition’s centerpiece, a massive life-sized model is the most scientifically accurate representation of T. rex to date.

  • A touchable cast of a T. rex femur to gain a sense of scale for the fully grown giant.

  • Fossil casts that show the same species at different ages — an adult and a two-year-old.

  • A full-scale cast of a T. rex fossil skeleton.

Experiment with dinosaurs as you:

  • Try to find the right size tail to attach to a T. rex body to create a balanced posture in the Tail-balance Interactive.

  • Use a praxinoscope to animate the difference between walking and running.

  • Combine calls of birds, crocodilians, and contemporary large animals to create a customized roar for T. rex using the Roar Mixer.

  • Test how dinosaurs react to visitors using the Cretaceous Projection Wall, a massive animated projection of T. rex and its offspring in a Cretaceous-age setting.

  • Study how the T. rex skeleton’s 40-foot shadow “comes to life” to demonstrate how the animal battled prey — and its own kind in the Shadow Theater.


T. rex: The Ultimate Predator is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org). See the exhibition in New York through August 19, 2020.

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs is provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.