Snap up tickets to see the finest real T. rex ever shown in Australia

Tickets now on sale for Victoria the T. rex, coming soon to Melbourne Museum

Tickets are on sale now for visitors to Melbourne Museum to see a real T. rex fossil. Image source: Neon Global

Dino-lovers rejoice: tickets have today gone on sale for Victoria the T. rex, a world-class, interactive exhibition starring the real fossil skeleton of a 66-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus named Victoria.

Coming on 28 June exclusively to Melbourne Museum, the internationally touring exhibition features the biggest and best example of a real T. rex fossil to ever be shown in Australia. Unmissable T. rex programs and events for the whole family kick off during opening weekend’s Dino Party on 29 and 30 June.

Victoria’s momentous arrival makes Melbourne Museum the only place on Earth where visitors can witness not one, but two real giants from the Cretaceous. For the price of a single ticket, audiences will also gain access to the world’s most complete Triceratops fossil, Horridus, whose permanent home is at Melbourne Museum.

The fossil Victoria is incredibly well preserved and tells the story of a life hard lived. Comprised of 199 bones, it spans more than 12 metres in length and towers over us at 3.6 metres tall. Victoria’s real, immense skull – weighing in at a massive 139kg – is too heavy to be mounted on the body of the skeleton, and will be displayed separately so that visitors can come face-to-face with the prehistoric giant.

The state-of-the-art exhibition invites audiences to discover the latest palaeontological findings about the species, and offers the rare opportunity to step into the Cretaceous period through exploratory dioramas and digital environments. Learn how a T. rex may have experienced smell and sight through multisensory installations that offer a glimpse into Victoria’s world, and create your own 3D T. rex customised using a set of scientifically accurate physical attributes.

Further expand your understanding of the Cretaceous through Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs, the award-winning, dynamic exhibition starring Horridus that takes visitors on a 67-million-year journey through interactive displays, digital projections, animations and soundscapes.

To cap off their dino-mite visit, audiences can witness T. rex on the big screen in the epic new IMAX-exclusive documentary, T.REX 3D. The 45-minute, US-produced 3D film features a Tyrannosaurus rex battling it out with its Cretaceous cousins. Excitingly, the film includes footage of Melbourne Museum’s very own Horridus the Triceratops fossil, catapulting Museums Victoria onto the big screen globally. The filmmakers collaborated with top tyrannosaur scientists, a coalition of natural history institutions, and pioneering palaeo and visual effects artists to create the most dazzling and accurate T. rex documentary ever made.

It’s only fitting that the world’s finest touring T. rex fossil is coming to Melbourne Museum, the home of dinosaurs, where visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy our ever-expanding prehistoric offering including Dinosaur Walk, Gandel Gondwana Garden, and Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs.

For further information visit the Melbourne Museum website.

Victoria the T. rex
Open: 28 June – 20 October 2024
Location: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street Carlton
Tickets: Tickets on sale now at Melbourne Museum and online
Members: $14 | Adults: $32.50 | Children: $18 | Concession: $22.50 | Children under 3: Free
Tickets include general admission to Melbourne Museum featuring Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs

Quote attributable to CEO and Director of Museums Victoria Lynley Crosswell

‘Victoria the T. rex will see visitors from near and far enthralled by this real-life wonder alongside another marvel from the Cretaceous: the world's most complete Triceratops fossil, Horridus, whose permanent home is right here at Melbourne Museum.

‘Melbourne Museum will be the only place on Earth where, for a limited time, visitors can come face-to-face with two of the biggest and best real dinosaurs who once walked the planet.’

Quote attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Colin Brooks

‘We’ve already seen local, interstate and international visitors flocking to Melbourne to see our Triceratops, and this winter we’ll double the impact when Melbourne Museum has two prehistoric giants on display.

‘We can’t wait to welcome Victoria the T. rex because when world-class institutions attract world-class exhibitions, the economic and educational benefits extend well beyond the museum’s walls.’

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