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T-Rex Skeleton at Auckland Museum

The greatest predator that ever lived is headed for Auckland Museum.
By Sarah Templeton
April 13, 2022
By Sarah Templeton
April 13, 2022

Get ready to live all your greatest Land Before Time fantasies, thanks to Auckland's new 67 million-year-old, 12-metre long resident.

On Friday, April 15, Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum becomes home to Peter the T-Rex, one of the only almost entirely complete fossilised Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons in the world.

Free for all visitors and the first time ever Peter has been on display, you'll be able to get up and close and personal with the giant predator and find out how he lived and died. It's the first time a T-Rex fossil has ever been exhibited in Aotearoa, and to make things even more exciting, Peter is one of the extra-rare obsidian black fossils — most others are brown.

The installation runs from Friday, April 15, 2022 until Sunday, September 4, 2022, and is free to attend. While the T-Rex is making Tāmaki Makaurau its home, a series of exciting, educational events are also set to take place, including an immersive dinosaur performance featuring an array of prehistoric creatures, a junior palaeontology programme, and of course, dinosaur-themed birthday parties.

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