Tyrant Kings at Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman

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Photo © Muserum of the Rockies

Bozeman, Montana, just got a giant new resident! The Museum of the Rockies is now home to Montana’s T. rex, a real fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Most museums today display replicas or casts. The Museum of the Rockies is joining an elite handful of museums by displaying an actual fossil skeleton. The dinosaur was originally discovered near Fort Peck, MT. It stands around 12 feet tall and 40 feet long and is one of the most complete T. rex skeletons ever found. It would have weighed almost 7 tons when it was roaming the earth 65 million years ago.

Montana’s T. Rex is also the first complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton in the public trust to be displayed in a museum. After being discovered, the Department of Agriculture transferred its ownership to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They, in turn, placed it in the care of the Museum of the Rockies.

The new permanent exhibit, called “The Tyrant Kings” and located in the Siebel Dinosaur Complex, will also display a series of T. rex skulls to show its growth from juvenile to the largest skull ever collected.

For more information, go to museumoftherockies.org. To plan a visit to Bozeman, go online at bozemancvb.com; for the greater western Montana area, go to glaciermt.com.