HAYS, KS --- Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History set a new record for the week ending Saturday, March 24, with 20,757 total admissions. This amount is greater than the highest monthly attendance prior to Sue's arrival, which was 15,625 in April 1999.
Sternberg Museum has been breaking attendance records ever since it received a cast of the Field Museum's Tyrannosaurus rex for temporary exhibition.
Before closing in 1995 to prepare for its move to its current home, Sternberg Museum drew on average about 20,000 visitors per year.
"A T. rex Named Sue" brought 4,069 people to Sternberg Museum on Saturday, March 24, and 1,576 people on Sunday.
Sunday's attendance, however, did not compare to the previous Sunday's record-breaking 2,074 visitors. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday's combined attendance totaled 9,219 visitors, breaking yet another record.
Since its unveiling in late February, "A T. rex Named Sue" has attracted 48,427 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.