World First Tyrannosaurus Exhibition For Australian Museum

Prehistoric fossils are part of a unique dinosaur exhibition at the Australian Museum in November that will use specimens never before displayed outside China, Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris, announced today.

28 August 2013

“The Tyrannosaurus Rex exhibition, which is exclusive to Sydney, presents a rare and spectacular opportunity for visitors to meet the real ‘T Rex’ and all of its ancestors for the first time in one place and discover how this dinosaur became the top predator of its time.

“The Australian Museum is the first institution in the world to present this particular T Rex exhibition.   Innovative technology will showcase some of the most exciting developments in dinosaur palaeontology in recent years, including a world-first link between birds and dinosaurs”.

Mr Souris said the blockbuster exhibition, called Tyrannosaurs, which is expected to generate $20 million in visitor expenditure, includes a selection of real Tyrannosaur fossils, models, animations and a complete cast of the largest Tyrannosaur skeleton ever discovered.

“The Australian Museum is using Augmented Reality to create interactive activities for Tyrannosaurs, technology which has never before been used in an exhibition by an Australian museum. This exhibition will have broad appeal, attracting not only dinosaur enthusiasts but adults and children of all ages,” Minister Souris said.

“The NSW Government is proud to support this key cultural event.The Australian Museum is renowned for delivering high-quality exhibitions that inform, entertain and attract large audiences, including the recent exhibition supported by the NSW Government, Alexander the Great: 2000 years of treasures, which was a great success.

Australian Museum Director, Frank Howarth, said the Australian Museum has worked with organisations in the USA and China, including the Beijing Museum of Natural History, to bring this exhibition to Australia.

Tyrannosaurs will feature new science, new technology and new narratives, as current science and research that is only a few years old has led to the T Rex being re-evaluated,” Frank Howarth said.

“Tyrannosaurs of all shapes and sizes are being found in Asia, Europe and North America, discoveries that are changing the story of the evolution of this dinosaur family and for the first time, genetically linking dinosaurs and birds.

Tyrannosaurs will run from 23 November 2013 to 27 July 2014 at The Australian Museum. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit www.tyrannosaurs.com.au