Two of the best-preserved fossils of the two most iconic dinosaurs are taking up permanent residency in Raleigh as part of an iconic new visitor attraction that opens April 27. Read on to find out how to see this for FREE!



Something epic is ready to be unveiled in Raleigh, N.C. 

An experience 67 million years in the making, visitors to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh will 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 actually 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.

Dueling Dinosaurs at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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. 

Dueling Dinosaurs at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

"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.”

At long last, the first day this new exhibit will be open to the public is Sat., April 27

Dueling Dinosaurs at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

The free-admission grand opening event, 10am-5pm on April 27, will allow visitors to see the fossil, meet the scientists and take part in hands-on activities, games, crafts and more. Tickets are NOT needed for entry on this day.

After the grand opening, the exhibit will be open during regular museum hours—10am-5pm, Tue.-Sun.—and a free, timed-entry ticket will be required of all guests. Tickets can be reserved here.

 

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is located at 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh NC 27601. Read more about the Dueling Dinosaurs here.

 

Photos courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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