T. rex LIVE: Opening Weekend

Saturday, August 12, 2017Sunday, August 13, 2017
10 AM – 5 PM


Burke fossil preparator Bruce Crowley and paleontology volunteer Jean Primozich carefully remove rock from the T. rex skull.
Photo: Burke Museum

Michael Holland, Bruce Crowley, and Ron Eng work to secure the skull on the rack.
Photo: Mark Stone/University of Washington

T. rex skull in a plaster jacket is unloaded at the Burke Museum.

The "Tufts-Love" T. rex skull in its plaster jacket as it is unloaded at the Burke Museum in August 2016.
Photo: Burke Museum

Something BIG is happening at the Burke! Last summer, Burke paleontologists discovered a Tyrannosaurus rex—including a 3,000-lb skull, only the 15th ever discovered. The skull came to the Burke wrapped in plaster to protect it, but now it's time for the big reveal. 

Watch the process "live" in our new Testing, Testing 1-2-3 exhibit, as Burke paleontologists carefully expose the skull of this incredible, 66-million-year-old beast. 

On Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13 at 11 am, 12:30 and 2 pm you can hear from members of the fossil preparation and excavation crews. We'll also have fun dinosaur crafts and activities for kids of all ages to feed their T. rex-sized creativity. 

More and more of the skull will be exposed as Burke paleontologists work, so come back often to watch the progress! Membership at the Burke includes unlimited museum visits to see T. rex. Join today!

Special opportunity for members

Burke members are invited to join us at 9 am on Saturday, August 12, for Dinos & Donuts with T. rex! See the T. rex skull before the museum opens to the public, hear from Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Greg Wilson, and enjoy donuts and coffee.

Upcoming Dinosaur-Themed Events

I Dig Dinos (last Sunday of each month, beginning September 24)
Dino Weekend (March 3 & 4, 2018)

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