exhibitions

SUE: The T. rex Experience

SUE: The T. rex Experience

Step into the world of SUE: The T. rex Experience to uncover the mysteries about the life of this fearsome fossil.   

Come between two titans with full-scale casts of SUE and T. rex’s nemesis, Triceratops. Experience a unique multimedia show transporting you to the Cretaceous forest alongside SUE. Learn how the fossil was unearthed, and how scientists continue to make discoveries about SUE, the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever discovered.  

Use your senses to take in SUE’s world. Watch SUE tromp through the Late Cretaceous forest, feel the texture of dinosaur skin, and hear the subsonic rumble of a T. rex. See the fossils of animals, plants, and dinosaurs that lived during the Late Cretaceous period, and come face-to-face with a full-size, fleshed-out replication of a ferocious T. rex battling the duck-billed herbivore, Edmontosaurus  

Get to know SUE in this immersive experience for visitors of all ages at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. SUE can't wait to eat, er, meet you. 

SUE: The T. rex Experience was organized by the Field Museum and is part of the Griffin Dinosaur Experience, made possible by the generous support of the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund. 

See Local Discoveries

Guests who experience the exhibition in Denver will also get to see more than 20 specimens from the collections of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, including: 

  • The femur and a vertebra of the only  rex skeleton ever found in Colorado. 
  • Part of the Triceratops that was found at a construction site in Highlands Ranch, Colo., in 2019.  
  • The jaw from the Torosaurus that was found in Thornton, Colo., in 2017. 
  • The jaw of a mystery horned dinosaur collected from Leyden, Colo. in  
  • Rare skulls of armored and dome-headed dinosaurs never before displayed in the Museum.
  • Crocodile, turtle and mammal specimens discovered outside of Colorado Springs, Colo., from 2017-2019.

Events and Virtual Offerings

The Rough Life of SUE the T. rex

Thursday
April 1, 2021
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Jingmai O'Connor, associate curator of fossil reptiles at the Field Museum, will transport you to the Cretaceous and into the world of SUE, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever discovered. You will learn that life isn't easy, even if you're a "tyrant king." SUE has been the source of many scientific discoveries about T. rex biology including evidence of numerous injuries and infections. Learn about the tough life of SUE the T. rex and find out how this specimen found a home at the Field Museum where it continues to be one of the most recognized fossils across the world.
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SUE's Local Friends: 150 Years of Dinosaur Discoveries in the Denver Basin

Tuesday
April 13, 2021
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Just before a cataclysmic impact wiped out more than half of life on Earth 66 million years ago, western North America was home to the greatest dinosaur ecosystem ever unearthed. Ruled by the tyrant dinosaur king, Tyrannosaurus rex, and iconic dinosaurs like Triceratops, much of what we know about this ultimate dinosaur ecosystem comes from the badlands of Montana and the Dakotas. However, closer to home in the Denver Basin of Colorado, significant discoveries from SUE's world have altered our understanding of this time period and the animals that lived in the shadow of T. rex. From the first Triceratops bones ever collected to the most complete Torosaurus, the Front Range of Colorado continues to capture the imaginations of dinosaur enthusiasts around the world. Join Museum Curator of Dinosaurs, Dr. Joe Sertich, as he explores the rich history and significant dinosaur discoveries from the Denver area, a local glimpse into SUE's world.

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Educator Resources

Dinosaur Family Tree

Giants From The Past

Plate Motions

Rock Clocks

SUE's World

Today's Dinosaurs

What Are Fossils?

Who Were Dinosaurs?

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