T-Rex in Leiden

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T-REX TRIX
>> Meet TRIX!
– Netherlands’s very own T-Rex.
– Excavated by Naturalis Biodiversity Center from Leiden.
– A well-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex specimen discovered in Montana, USA. 
– Age over 67 million years ago.
– Oldest known exhibit found at approximately 30 years of age.
– Third most complete Tyrannosaurus excavated with 80% of its bone volume recovered.
– Dimension: length 12,5 meters, height 4 meters and length of skull 1.50 meters.
– TRIX is the name chosen by the Dutch public in honor of former Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Should you want to visit …
Please note that you can only visit T-Rex in Town exhibition with a reservation. That means you must purchase/reserve your tickets online even if you have discount coupons or any card entitlement for free entry. You need to specify your preferred arrival time too.

T-Rex in Town exhibition was short, fun and educational according to my 11 & 8 years old critics. The huge animatronics dinosaurs looked like something out of Jurassic Park movie. The idea of a chance to come face to face with a real T-Rex was surreal for us. Of course, it was a selfie(s) opportunity of a lifetime!
We learned about the three-year-long excavation and interesting details on Trix’s possible life. 20% of Trix’s missing bones were replaced by cast of another T-Rex and the use of 3D printer greatly help to complete the entire skeleton. The activity hall kept my kids busy with games such as fossil identification, spray paint a T-Rex, read through Trix’s medical file, outrun Trix on a bike, etc. My kids even got their elbows deep and dirty digging for fossils in play sands.

The rest of the museum is closed for renovation at the moment. Still, you can easily spend a couple of hours if you are with kids. Best time to visit is during weekdays in the morning hours. T-Rex in Town opens till 5 June 2017. Go visit before Trix leaves for her international tour till late 2018.

Website: http://www.naturalis.nl/en/
Address: Pesthuislaan 7,
Opening hours: Daily from 10am -5pm. During school holidays and in the weekends open till 6pm.
Entrance fees: Tickets are only available online!! €13.50 (adults), €10.00 (4-17yrs) and kids 0-3 yrs are free. Free entry for Museum Card holder when you reserve your tickets online.

Getting there:
By public transport – About 15 minutes walk from Leiden Central Station. Look out for the black and gold signboards and dinosaurs foot prints (rather faint white paint) on ground.
By car – no nearby parking facility at the moment but it is possible to request parking facilities for disabled.

Tips:
– This museum is wheelchair-friendly throughout the galleries and exhibition spaces. Free use of wheelchairs are available at entrance area.
– Museum Naturalis allows you to consume your own food at the Dino café or outside at the Pesthuis courtyard.

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