Luke Matthews

An exhibit 60 million years in the making

A T-Rex named Sue

My friends at the Science Center of Iowa have once again brought another incredible exhibit for all of Central Iowa to see. “A T-Rex Named Sue” opens to the public on February 2 as part of your general Science Center admission.

Luke and Sue“Sue” is an exact replica of the original Sue that lives at the Field Museum in Chicago. She was discovered in the cliffs of the Cheyenne River in western South Dakota in the summer of 1990. It’s the most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever found on Earth.

And now she’s at the Science Center!

I had a great opportunity to get a sneak peek at Sue up close and she’s quite the beauty! She measures 42 feet long and stands 12 feet tall at her hips. She’s been placed in a hunched/running stance, so she would have actually been much taller.

In addition to this impressive skeleton, visitors to the Science Center will get hands on with several activities relating to dinosaurs including a very cool dig pit where young explorers can find their own dino-fossils. There’s also lots of fun programs and events that will be held by the Science Center while Sue is staying in Des Moines. You can find out more about them here.

Sue is sure to make dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages say “WOW!” You’ve got plenty of time to see her too! Sue will reside at the Science Center of Iowa until May 12.

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