The Nation’s T. rex Arrives in Washington

April 15, 2014

Director Kirk Johnson, Kathy and Tom Wankel and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick welcome the T. rex.

The National Museum of Natural History welcomes the nation’s T. rex to Washington, D.C. The T. rex comes to the Smithsonian from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a 50 year loan. Its bones were discovered in 1988 by ranchers Kathy and Tom Wankel on federal land near the Fort Peck Reservoir in eastern Montana. The skeleton was on loan to the Museum of the Rockies from 1990 to 2011. The National History Museum’s Dinosaur and Fossil Hall was closed April 27 for renovations that will be the largest renovations in the museum’s history. The T. rex will be the main attraction in the new hall when it reopens in 2019. Until then, the museum’s newly opened Rex Room will offer visitors the opportunity to see staff members photographing and 3-D digitally scanning the T. rex. It will be viewable online when this work is completed.

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