PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Victoria the T. rex Exhibition will be open to the public at the Arizona Science Center for the first time in the world this weekend. It's an experience 66 million years in the making.
It was first officially announced to the scientific community back in September. Victoria is cited as the second most complete, and largest touring, T. rex skeleton in the world.
The exhibition will be available from Nov. 17 to May 25 at the Arizona Science Center at 600 E. Washington Street. Tickets are $9.95 for members (adults and children ages 3 to 17) and $11.95 for non-members (adults and children). Children age two and younger are always free. General admission is also required for non-members. Victoria the T. rex is a timed-entry ticket and advance purchase is highly recommended.
The world premiere exhibition takes guests to the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth, bringing life to one of the most important discoveries in the history of paleontology and giving visitors a rare opportunity to visit the Cretaceous period where Victoria's story will unfold in her natural habitat.
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Victoria was initially unearthed outside Faith, South Dakota in 2013. She has undergone years of research and restoration in order to earn this claim. Victoria's completeness and unique pathologies have provided paleontologists with a wealth of insights into the species that will be studied for years.
Victoria will embark on a five-year tour across the world. The exhibition was produced by IMG and developed in partnership with a dedicated group of research collaborators and paleontologists.
According to a news release, some of the activities included at the exhibition include:
• Meet Victoria: The centerpiece is Victoria's real, 66-million-year-old skeleton.
• Create Victoria: Visitors can create their very own personalized hologram of Victoria.
• Become Victoria: Through a series of interactive installations, visitors can get a sense of how Victoria experienced the world.
• Watch Victoria: Using 3D projection mapping technology, visitors will see Victoria in her natural environment in scenes that portray her as a mother, hunter and protector.
• Experience Victoria: Step into Victoria's world, 66 million years ago. This journey takes visitors back to teh Cretaceous period as they watch Victoria's story unfold.