T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator virtual reality experience at AMNH

By 2/21/2019 10:36:00 AM ,

The upcoming "T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator" exhibit will introduce visitors to the entire tyrannosaur family and reveal the amazing story of the most iconic dinosaur in the world through fossils and casts, life-sized models, engaging interactives, and a virtual reality experience.

In collaboration with HTC VIVE, the Museum will present its first interactive, multi-player virtual reality experience. Visitors will team up to build a T. rex skeleton bone by bone and then watch as it comes to life in what is now Montana, as it was 66 million years ago.

The full tyrannosaur story includes dozens of different species and spans over 100 million years of evolution, with T. Rex appearing only at the very end of that period. Early species were small and fast, likely avoiding confrontations with larger dinosaurs.

So how did mega-predators like T. rex evolve from such humble origins? How did T. rex grow so quickly in adolescence, ballooning from the size of a chicken to the size of a truck in just 21 years? And what kind of super sensory skills and traits did it use to become such an efficient killer?

T. rex: The Ultimate Predator addresses these questions with life-sized reconstructions of tyrannosaurs at various life stages, large-scale video projections, and more.

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Exhibit highlights include:

  • Encounter a massive life-size model of a T. Rex with patches of feathers as well as reconstructions of a fluffy, helpless T. rex hatchling and a four-year-old juvenile T. rex.
  • A “roar mixer” where visitors can imagine what T. rex might have sounded like by blending sounds from other animals. 
  • A shadow theater where a floor projection of an adult T. rex skeleton will come to life.
  • A magnetic wall where visitors will be tasked with placing various tyrannosaur family members in the correct time period. 
  • They will also encounter a life-sized animation of T. Rex in the Cretaceous and explore real data from fossil specimens, CT scans, and microscope images at a tabletop Investigation Station.

T. rex: The Ultimate Predator will be open to the public starting Monday, March 11, 2019. Members will be able to preview the exhibition starting on Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 10.

Admission to the Museum and the exhibition is $28 for adults, $22.50 for students and seniors, and $16.50 for children (ages 2–12).

For tickets, call 212-769-5200 or visit www.amnh.org

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