Trix the T. rex is ready for visitors

Trix the Tyrannosaurus rex is ready to meet visitors to Scotland

Visitors to Glasgow have amazing opportunity to see one of the world’s best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall.

The 67-million-year-old T.rex female is 39-foot long, around 13 feet high, weighs five tonnes.

The ’T.rex in Town’ exhibition is touring European cities while she waits for a new museum building to be completed at Naturalis Biodiversity Centre in her home city of Leiden, in the Netherlands.

Glasgow is the final stop for Trix’s tour of Europe and the Scottish visit is the first and only stop outside mainland Europe.

Trix will travel from her home in the Netherlands to Glasgow to go on display in the city until 31 July 2019.

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Visitors to the museum can also marvel at a painted reconstruction of what the 66 to 67-million-year-old T. rex looked like. Many might be surprised to see that the most scientifically accurate depiction of the ancient animal shows it had feathers.

an artists's impress ion Trix the T. rex at kelvin Hall, Glasgow

An artist’s impression of Trix

Trix’s arrival at Kelvin Hall positions the west end of Glasgow as the dinosaur capital of Scotland! T. rex in Town overlaps with the final weeks of Dippy on Tour from the Natural History Museum at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, just across the road from Kelvin Hall.

‘We are delighted to welcome Trix the T. rex to Scotland. She has travelled across Europe by road, sailed across the English Channel by ferry and has cleared border control, despite Brexit, to arrive safely with us in Glasgow,” said Steph Scholten, Director of The Hunterian.

‘Bringing this major touring exhibition to the city will allow thousands of Scots, and visitors to Scotland, to see one of the world’s most iconic dinosaur species.

“Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons are very rare finds and Trix is the only real touring T. rex fossil in the world. This is a major coup for Glasgow which is the only UK stop on her European tour.

“T. rex in Town offers a once in a lifetime experience for visitors to come face to face with a real T. rex and learn about her life through this superb interactive exhibition. We hope everyone who comes to see this incredible dinosaur specimen will be as excited to see her as we are.”

Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor David McDonald, said: “Trix has arrived. Like thousands of other visitors, I am really excited to see this impressive, if slightly scary, creature take shape before my eyes. It’s incredible to watch the skilled team from Naturalis in the Netherlands bring this extremely rare real dinosaur skeleton to life in Glasgow.

“We look forward to welcoming many dinosaur fans to Kelvin Hall over the coming months, where Glaswegians and visitors to the city can enjoy this unique opportunity to stare into the eyes of one of the most terrifying predators ever to have stalked the earth. Trix will be safely housed in a new, bespoke, climate-controlled, 600m2 pavilion within the massive vaults of Kelvin Hall.

“Glasgow is delighted to partner with The Hunterian and Naturalis and take on the proud mantle of dinosaur capital of Scotland. Until 6 May visitors can also marvel at Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus, at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. We trust these spectacular exhibitions will inspire curiosity about the natural world around us.”

The T.rex in Town exhibition has been touring European cities while she waits for a new museum building to be completed at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in her home city of Leiden, in the Netherlands.  Once her visit to Glasgow is finished it is unlikely she will go on tour again.

Tickets for the major dinosaur attraction and interactive exhibition are available now https://kelvinhall.org.uk/trex/, Tickets £14\ £8, family ticket £39.50. Concessions are also available.