Dinosaurs Take Over Indy

Joey Amato | March 5, 2021

SUE, a world famous T. rex is spending Spring Break and summer vacation at the world’s biggest and best children’s museum. The Field in Chicago sent a full-sized cast of SUE (one of the largest, most complete, and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever unearthed) on a dino-mite vacation. The more than 40-foot-long, 13-foot high full-sized cast will be on display at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis from March 6—July 25, 2021. Welcoming SUE, is a cast of Bucky, the teenage T. rex who broke out of Dinosphere® under the cover of darkness, to greet SUE in the Sunburst Atrium. Bucky, the first juvenile T. rex ever put on display in a museum, was also the first T. rex to be identified with a furcula (collar bone). The close proximity of the adult and juvenile fossils clearly demonstrate the difference in their size.

Bucky is not the only dino to escape Dinosphere®. Several others including Dracorex hogwartsia are on display throughout the museum while Dinosphere® is closed to the public from March 8, 2021 –March 2022. Dinosphere® is undergoing a  ‘dinormous’ expansion as part of a $27.5 million dollar project known as Mission Jurassic. Prepare to hear the roars of two giant, long-necked, four-legged sauropods unearthed in the Wyoming Jurassic Mile™, and feel immersed in an ancient sea with an ichthyosaur (extinct marine animal) and several other extinct marine animals uncovered in the same Jurassic Mile™ dig site.  

Beginning March 8th, The Children’s Museum will offer a series of videos highlighting behind-the-scenes content about the new Jurassic experience (like how to mount a fossil, and how to safely move a fossil). Visit https://www.childrensmuseum.org/jurassic/the-exhibit to learn more. Take a 360 tour of Dinosphere®, and get the family together to learn everything “dinosaur” in a virtual series called Dinos A to Z. Throughout the year, look for museum paleontologists roaming the museum with carts full of fossils and fun, ready-to-answer probing questions from even the smallest of wannabe scientists. Additional virtual and on-site dinosaur-related information is available at www.childrensmuseum.org/dinosphere. Check often for updated content.