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Sneak peek: Museum of Natural History's new T. rex exhibit is a must-see

Danielle Valente

One of this year's most anticipated new exhibits is set to make a dino-mite debut this Friday, and we're giving you an inside look! If you're curious about the best things to do with kids in NYC this weekend, considered your afternoon(s) booked. 

"T. rex: The Ultimate Predator" stampedes into the American Museum of Natural History on March 8, and not only is it a fantastic examination of our favorite carnivore, it's a great way for the iconic Upper West Side institution to celebrate a milestone.  

"Dinosaurs, and Tyrannosaurus rex in particular, are such an important and iconic part of the Museum and have been throughout our history," Ellen Futter, president of the Museum said. "It seems fitting to launch [our] 150th anniversary celebrations with a major new exhibition on the ever-intriguing King of Dinosaurs." 

Since AMNH discovered and mounted the first T. rex on display back in the early 1900s, it's safe to say these scientists will provide us with a super-cool lesson. Ready to dive in?

Here's what to expect:

When visitors enter the new exhibit, they'll get a view of life-sized models, fossils and casts, all of which are based on the most up-to-date information about the beloved (yet feared) creatures. 

Photograph: Danielle Valente

Photograph: Danielle Valente

Here's what's new and noteworthy:

Naturally, the Museum aims to interact with its patrons as much as possible, and this exhibit offers a chance to really dig deep. (See? You're a paleontologist already!) Kiddies will have a blast getting up close and personal when life-sized projections of the dinos appear on the wall and interact with those walking by. 

There are also tabletop investigation stations, where you can look at fossils and learn about T. rex's biology and behavior, or even get a dino's-eye view. For those tech-savvy visitors, make sure to visit the Museum's first multiplayer VR experience. 

Photograph: Danielle Valente

Here's what you'll learn:

This is your chance to learn about the dino's humble beginnings (believe it or not, T. rex was once small and had feathers). You'll get an inside scoop about the tyrannosaur family, the predator's senses, how it rose to such a ginormous scale and what has changed since researches first learned about the dinosaur over 100 years ago. 

You know where to find us this weekend! If you're interested in booking tickets—weekdays, $23 adults, $13 children ages 2–12, weekends $28, $16.50 children ages 2–12—or learning more about the exhibit, click here

Photograph: Danielle Valente

Photograph: Danielle Valente

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