HAYS, KS -- With new records for one-week attendance, Sunday attendance and total weekend attendance already being set, "A T. rex Named Sue" helped Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History set a new record for Saturday attendance for the second time this spring.
On Saturday, April 21, a total of 4,423 people visited the museum.
Sunday's attendance was just nine short of a record at 2,066 visitors while total attendance for the week ending on April 21 was 11,877 admissions.
On Saturday, the museum admitted 2,089 walk-in and pre-ticketed visitors between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. for an average of 522 persons per hour. On Sunday, 1,741 walk-in and pre-ticketed visitors were admitted between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., for an average of 435 persons per hour.
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.
Nearly a hundred thousand people have visited "A T. rex Named Sue" since its unveiling in late February. Hays, Sternberg Museum's home, has a population of 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. The exhibit closes April 29.