It's been a year in the making. Getting ready for Sue was no small task.
"It wasn't an easy decision because we did have to do some renovation to our fourth floor. We didn't have a space that was large enough to have her because her tail towers over 16 feet tall and she totals 42 feet in length. So, the last month we've been working hard to heighten our ceilings and make sure our fourth floor was ready to bring her in," said Erica Lacey, the Kirby Science Discover Center's Director.
This life-sized replica is what you would have seen 67 million years ago. And, she was found right here in South Dakota.
"They found her near Faith in 1990. The Field Museum has done a great job of preserving her and using her bones to study science and understand T-Rexes a little bit better," said Lacey.
This replica made of plaster and steel weighs 3,500 pounds.
"The real bones aren't on display just because they're so sensitive and precious and they need to be held in the right conditions to be studied for years to come," said Lacey.
For the next three months, you and old can study Sue right here at the Washington Pavilion.
"Dinosaurs are loved by all ages from 3 to 90," said Lacey. "So, I think this exhibition will speak to families and all of our audiences."
KSFY will have much more on Sue on Wednesday, including a time lapse of Sue being erected. You can go see her with your own eyes this Saturday at 10am. For further information click on this link: https://www.washingtonpavilion.org/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=171EB1AD-FF5D-4610-B7B4-E8EBEDD015AA
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