A few months ago when we visited the Field Museum, we finally met the museum’s newest dinosaur Maximo, a titanosaur. We noticed that the museum had moved Sue, the world’s largest and most complete T. rex, and they were working on a new suite for them. Well, we finally had a chance to revisit Sue in her new home, and I have to say they did a wonderful job showcasing the T. rex.
- Step into SUE’s world. Enter a Late Cretaceous forest and come face-to-face with one of the world’s most notorious predators in South Dakota 67 million years ago.
- See Sue’s real skull. As many may remember from before, Sue’s skull had been displayed on the second floor overlooking Stanley Field Hall. Now, it is finally close to their real body. While there, learn about Sue’s imposing teeth and how strong it was.
- A light show. Every few minutes is an interesting narrated light show where Sue is the star. During the show, specific bones on the skeleton are highlighted revealing healed broken ribs to a jaw infection that scientists say may have led to Sue’s death.
- Interactive displays that show what scientists have learned about Sue over the years. My kids loved taking this quiz about Sue.
- Panoramic digital animations. Amazing digital animations projected onto six separate screens.From a certain angle, the screens form a panorama that shows SUE hunting, fighting and even pooping.
- Bigger than before. As a result of 20 years of research, scientists have gained a more accurate picture of how a T. rex skeleton should look. With that research, they found out where gastralia (belly ribs) belong on Sue. The new and improved Sue sports the addition of gastralia that makes the ferocious predator look even larger.
- See what else was found during Sue’s era. Here you’ll find fossils of animals and plants including prey they hunted like Triceratops.
My entire family agreed — the Field Museum did a wonderful job showcasing SUE to the world.
Did You Know?
- Sue’s new suite is 5,100 square feet—bigger than a professional basketball court.
- We do not know if Sue was a male or female.
- Sue’s real skull is not mounted to the body because scientists are frequently studying the skull.It is much easier to remove the skull from the case rather than bring it down from its body each time.
Location: 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Hours: 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.)
Cost: $24 adults; $21 seniors and students; $17 kids ages 3-11; Kids under 3 free.
Parking: We prefer parking at Soldier Field North Garage ($20 for up to 4 hours, $25 for up to 12 hours) unless it’s a special occasion. Metered parking.
Stroller-friendly? Yes, but may get a little tough to navigate if it’s busy. Go to the East entrance for the stroller entrance.
Crowded: We visited on a Saturday morning (on a free day) and it was busy but manageable.
What to expect: The new exhibit on the largest and most complete T.rex ever found.