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HAYS, KS --- During final preparations for the opening of "A T. rex Named Sue," Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History will be closed Friday, Feb. 23.
Expeditions, the museum restaurant, will open as usual at 11 a.m. and close in the early afternoon.
The exhibit opens Saturday, Feb. 24. Construction on the exhibit backdrop began last week and assembly of the 42-foot-long fossil cast of Sue is expected to begin Tuesday or Wednesday.
Sue Hendrickson, the field paleontologist who found the fossil and for whom the fossil was named, will also be at the Sternberg Museum during the opening weekend, Feb. 24-25.
This exhibit features the fossil cast, an exact replica of the 67-million-year-old fossil called Sue, the largest, best preserved and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. The exhibit has many other components, including a full-sized cast of Sue's skull mounted at eye level, interactive anatomical models and several interactive stations that allow visitors to put together a large-format 3D puzzle of Sue's skeleton, a Sue-eye-view of the Cretaceous world and a video of CT images of Sue's skull.
The traveling exhibit, one of only two touring the United States, was made possible because of an educational and financial partnership among Chicago's Field Museum, McDonald's Corp., Walt Disney World Resort and private individuals.
Additional local and regional support was provided by McDonald's of Hays, Russell and WaKeeney, McDonald's Mid-Kansas Advertising Cooperative, McDonald's Kansas City Region and Coca Cola.
Additional regional support was provided by Pepsi Bottling Company.