HAYS, KS --- Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History has been breaking attendance records ever since it received a cast of the Field Museum's Tyrannosaurus rex for temporary exhibition. Museum officials expect another great turnout this weekend.
"A T. rex Named Sue" brought 3,820 people to Sternberg Museum Saturday, March 22, making the weekly admissions total 11,231. Both are records.
Sunday's attendance also broke records with 2,074 visitors. Friday, Saturday and Sunday's combined attendance totaled 8,638 visitors, breaking yet another record.
Since its unveiling in late February, "A T. rex Named Sue" has attracted 28,896 people. Hays, Sternberg Museum's home, has a population of only 20,013 people, according to the 2000 census.
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.
For tickets, call the Sternberg Museum at (785) 628-4286 or 1-877-332-1165.