Preserved Fossils of Two Iconic Dinosaurs in Permanent Residency in a Free New Visitor Attraction

Raleigh, N.C. (May 13, 2024) – Something historic and epic has come to life in Raleigh, N.C. An experience 67 million years in the making, visitors to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh now have the chance to lay eyes on what many consider to be one of the greatest dinosaur fossils ever discovered. That fossil—a 31,000-pound behemoth—is made up of two complete dinosaur skeletons: a tyrannosaur and a Triceratops, rapidly buried together so many years ago in a potential predator-prey encounter. Still largely entombed inside the rock they were discovered in, the “Dueling Dinosaurs," as they're called now, were discovered on a Montana hillside in 2006 and ultimately found a permanent home in Raleigh.

The acquisition was announced by the Museum of Natural Sciences in 2020, along with the news that the museum would construct the world's first paleontology lab that includes a behind-the-scenes experience where the public can watch as scientists work to uncover long-buried secrets. It's expected that the fossils will be worked on inside this lab for at least the next five years as scientists carefully work to reveal answers to 67-million-year-old questions.

"This fossil will forever change our view of the world’s two favorite dinosaurs,” according to Dr. Lindsay Zanno, head of paleontology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. “The way we have designed the entire experience—inviting the public to follow the scientific discoveries in real-time and participate in the research—will set a new standard for museums.”

This front-row exhibit experience is now open during regular museum hours—10am-5pm, Tues.-Sun.—and a free, timed-entry ticket will be required of all guestsTickets can be reserved here.


About the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh):
As the official destination marketing organization for Wake County, the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh), is responsible for promoting Wake County as an attractive travel destination and enhancing its public image as a dynamic place to live and work. Through the impact of travel, the organization strengthens the economic position of and provides opportunity for people throughout Wake County. Raleigh, N.C./Wake County welcomes nearly 18 million visitors annually whose spending tops $3 billion. The visitor economy supports over 24,500 local jobs in Wake County and generates $287 million in state and local tax revenues, saving each Wake County household $601 in taxes annually.

Media Contact:
Visit Raleigh
Jessica Holt, Director of Public Relations

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