Tyrannosaurs - Meet the Family

How well do you know T. rex?

The world's first exhibition showcasing ancestors of Tyrannosaurus rex

Tyrannosaurus rex is arguably the world's most popular dinosaur. 

But how did this swift, flesh-eating predator get to the top of the food chain? Where did this powerful dinosaur come from and how did it evolve into the awe-inspiring creature that dominates popular culture today?

Tyrannosaurs - Meet the Family is the world's first exhibition showcasing the newly-revised tyrannosaur family tree. This innovative, multimedia experience features more than 10 life-sized dinosaur specimens on display, including one of the oldest tyrannosaurs, Guanlong wucaii.

With a dramatic array of fossils and casts of tyrannosaur specimens, including never-before-seen specimens from China, Tyrannosaurs - Meet the Family provides a snapshot of dinosaur life. Discover how this group became the world’s top predators with their massive skulls, powerful jaws and bone-crunching teeth.

This special limited-engagement exhibition includes a variety of family activities:

  • Explore the features that define a Tyrannosaur and find out how T. rex evolved as the top-end predator.
  • Meet ancestors of the T. rex and compare and contrast Tyrannosaur relatives. 
  • Immerse yourself in a giant multimedia experience with dinosaurs running through the streets of Charlotte.
  • Compare your arm strength to that of a mighty T. rex.
  • Dig to unearth and discover dinosaur fossils in a hands-on Dino Pit.
  • Find out how recent scientific findings confirm the links between dinosaurs and birds. 
  • See the enormous scale of geological time in the context of human evolution.

Featured dinosaur specimens include Guanlong wucaii, Alioramus, Tarbosaurus, Daspletosaurus, Albertosaurus, Appalachiosaurus, Gorgosaurus and Teratophoneus.

An exhibition developed by the Australia Museum and toured internationally by Flying Fish.

Members General Admission
Adults (ages 14-59) $3 $20
Children (ages 2-13) $3 $16
Seniors (ages 60+) / Military $3 $18
Welcome Participants n/a $4
Child younger than 2 FREE FREE

Tyrannosaurs tickets include full-day admission to Discovery Place Science. All tickets are for timed entry, so visitors will be asked to select a date and time of their visit before purchasing. Guests must be at the entrance of the exhibition at the time noted on their ticket. Re-entry into the exhibition is not allowed. A fee of $3 per ticket will be applied for adjusting the entry time after purchase. Children ages 13 and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult while in the Museum. All prices subject to applicable sales tax.

Members General Admission
Adults (ages 14-59) $7 $24
Children (ages 2-13) $7 $20
Seniors (ages 60+) / Military $7 $22
Welcome Participants n/a $8

Tyrannosaurs tickets include full-day admission to Discovery Place Science. All tickets are for timed entry, so visitors will be asked to select a date and time of their visit before purchasing. Guests must be at the entrance of the exhibition at the time noted on their ticket. Re-entry into the exhibition is not allowed. A fee of $3 per ticket will be applied for adjusting the entry time after purchase. Children ages 13 and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult while in the Museum. All prices subject to applicable sales tax.

Tyrannosaurs Admissions Tyrannosaurs + IMAX
Group Adult (15+ people) $15 $19
Group Child (2-13)/Senior (60+) $13 $17
School Group (Students & Chaperones) $11 $15

Group pricing may not be purchased online. Tyrannosaurs tickets include full-day admission to Discovery Place Science. All tickets are for timed entry, so visitors will be asked to select a date and time of their visit before purchasing. Guests must be at the entrance of the exhibition at the time noted on their ticket. Re-entry into the exhibition is not allowed. A fee of $3 per ticket will be applied for adjusting the entry time after purchase. Children ages 13 and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult while in the Museum. All prices subject to applicable sales tax.

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  • Do I need a reservation to see Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family?

    Tickets to Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family are for timed entry. Reservations are highly recommended to ensure that you can visit at the time you prefer. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis at the Museum.

  • How do I purchase tickets?

    Tickets are available online at discoveryplacescience.org, by calling 704.372.6261 x300 or in person at Museum Admissions.

  • How do we purchase group tickets?

    Group tickets may be purchased by calling 704.372.6261 x300.

  • What times is the exhibition open?

    The exhibition is open during regular Museum operating hours: Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday noon - 5:00 p.m.

  • How long can you stay inside the exhibition? How long will it take to tour the exhibition?

    Within the hours the exhibition is open, you can stay as long as you like. We recommend allowing about one to two hours in the exhibition. The length of time will vary on how long each visitor wishes to examine each specimen and read the information provided. Re-entry to the exhibition is not allowed, once you exit.

  • Are strollers and wheelchairs allowed in the exhibition?

    Yes, both strollers and wheelchairs are allowed.

  • Are food and beverages allowed in the exhibition?

    No. In order to protect the artifacts and to keep the Museum clean, food and beverages are not allowed in Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family.

  • Can I take photographs or film in the exhibition?

    Cell phone photography is allowed. Flash photography, commercial cameras and video are not allowed.

  • Are cell phones allowed in the exhibition?

    In respect for the specimens and the experience of our guests, talking on cell phones is not permitted at any time inside the exhibition. Cell phones may be used for non-flash photography or texting only.

  • Where do we park?

    Cars and vans with clearance less than 7' 8" can park in the Discovery Place Science Parking Deck for an additional charge. Parking for larger vehicles is available at an off-site lot with shuttle service for bus/van drivers Monday - Friday.

    All buses should arrive at 6th St. Admissions. One teacher should exit the bus and will be greeted by a Discovery Place Science team member who will provide check-in directions. Please have students remain on the bus until directed to disembark.

    Parking Rates
    First Hour: FREE
    1 Hour +: $12.00
    After 5:00 p.m.: $5.00

    Rates repeat at 3:00 a.m.

  • Can we bring a bag lunch?

    Yes, bag lunches are permitted at Discovery Place Science. You will need to schedule a lunch time when making your reservation.

  • Is there lunch available for purchase at Discovery Place Science?

    Yes, box lunches are available for purchase through Curio City Cafe. Please call 704.372.6261 x300 for options.

  • When is payment due for our group outing?

    Payment in full is due 3 weeks prior to your scheduled arrival date. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA are accepted. A check with your PO number written in the memo section is also accepted.

  • What if I need to reschedule or cancel my trip? Can I change the number of participants?

    Cancellation notice of three weeks is required for a full refund. Cancellations with less than three weeks’ notice are non-refundable but may be rescheduled for a visit within a 12-month period. There is no fee for rescheduling as long as the class or visit is rescheduled within one week of the cancellation date and the visit is completed within the 12 months of the originally scheduled date. Changes to the number of attendees must be made three days prior to the program or visit to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued the day of the visit, and no refunds will be issued for amounts of $10.00 or less.

  • What is the minimum number of tickets required for a group purchase?

    To receive the group discount, you must purchase a minimum of 15 tickets.

  • How many chaperone does my school group need?

    One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students. All chaperones must pay $11 admission.

  • Do you offer wheelchair rentals?

    Wheelchairs are available complimentary and can be reserved on a first come, first serve basis at the time of check-in.

  • Do you offer stroller rentals?

    We do not currently offer stroller rentals but you may bring your own stroller to the Museum.