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Experience a trip through time at one of the most interesting and exciting museums in Kansas. Find surprises around every corner, including Ivan the T.Rex, two Egyptian mummies, and an expansive military history exhibit. Rent the banquet space for a unique setting to hold a social event, reception, or special occasion. Open daily except Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and the last Saturday in July for the annual fundraiser. Senior discounts and group tours available.

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Wichita, KS 67202
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One of the Most Complete T. rex Discoveries Finds a Permanent Home at Wichita's Museum of World Treasures! Come see the first real T. rex on display in the state of Kansas.

On Saturday, May 12, 2007, the Museum of World Treasures formally dedicated Ivan, one of the most complete T. rex discoveries ever made. Assembly of Ivan was open to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 8th and 9th (see photos below) with stellar audiences delighted by the spellbinding process!

On Saturday, May 12, 2007, the Museum of World Treasures officially dedicated its latest acquisition, an authentic Tyrannosaurus rex. It was uncovered in northwestern South Dakota near the confluence of the Little Missouri River and Box Elder Creek. The dinosaur, affectionately known as Ivan, is significant for both the quality of the bone composition, as well as the unusually high percentage of skeletal structure uncovered.

The most significant of these discoveries include Sue (roughly 90% complete and housed at the Field Museum in Chicago), Stan (roughly 75% complete and housed at the Black Hills Institute) and now Ivan who is approximately 60% complete. Museum officials believe that Ivan is within the top five most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimens on display. Now assembled for exhibition, Ivan is approximately 40 feet from nose to tip of tail and 12 feet tall at the hip.

Ivan was discovered by Hell Creek Relics, a privately owned, professional paleontology company operated by partners Alan G. Komrosky and Gary Olsen of North Dakota. Ivan was discovered within the Hell Creek geological formation.

The fossil remains of Ivan arrived at the Museum of World Treasures on May 7th, 2007 and assembly took place on May 8th and 9th (see pictures below). This process was open to the public and drew large crowds of adoring fans.

"We are incredibly humbled by the opportunity to present such an important discovery to the Wichita community," stated Mike Noller, President and CEO of the museum. "We look forward to Ivan having a positive impact on tourism for Wichita and Kansas," he went on to say.

To schedule a group tour, contact the Education Department at 316.263.1311, toll free at 888.700.1311 or by Email

Ivan in the ground.

Paleontologist Alan Komrosky works to clean the sacrum.

Alan's assistant Lois compares her size (a bit taller than five feet) to that of Ivan's hip bone.

Alan and two of his assistants - Gene and Lois - stand before the collection of Ivan's vertebrae fossils unearthed during their excavations.

The plastic room created to protect the balance of the museum from construction dust.

The construction crew taking a break from building Ivan's new platform home.

Ivan taking shape.

Ivan in perspective, with skull in forground and hip and one leg in background (photo taken in the shop of paleontologist Alan Komrosky in North Dakota).

Ivan's skull.

Ivan's mighty tail, with all vertebrae represented by actual fossil, a first among T-Rex discoveries.

Lifting the Ilium.

A view of Ivan after he's completely put together.

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