Nation's T. rex: Welcome Ceremony

James Di Loreto / Smithsonian Institution
April 15, 2014
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Skip Hommer IV
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On April 15, 2014, the National Museum of Natural History welcomes the Nation's T. rex to the Smithsonian Institution. The Tyrannosaurus rex specimen, on loan from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is the Museum's first nearly-complete T. rex skeleton, and will be the centerpiece of the Museum's renovated fossil hall slated to open in 2019. Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, United States Army Corps of Engineers and Kirk Johnson Ph.D., Sant Director, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution greet Scott "Skip" Hommer IV, age 5, the youngest donor to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. (Photo by James Di Loreto / Smithsonian Institution)