T.rex: The Killer Question

Was Tyrannosaurus rex a predator or a scavenger? Let your visitors discover the answer to this killer question for themselves.

This 3D blockbuster exhibition features terrifying animatronic and static models, fossils, casts and graphical displays.

Was T.rex a predator or scavenger?

Was T.rex a predator or a scavenger?

T.rex: The Killer Question is a stimulating exhibition that uses animatronics, casts and static models to engage the visitor and guide them into considering both sides of the debate about how T.rex might have got its food.

Was it an active hunter – the traditional image of T.rex? Or was it a scavenger? Or could it have been something in between - an opportunist and an ambush predator relying on easy pickings, whether alive or dead?

Exhibition details

T.rex leg bones

T.rex: The Killer Question is a blockbuster exhibition containing lifelike animatronic dinosaur models and life-size skeleton casts of real fossils, divided into five scenes involving either skeletons, static or animatronic models.

The scenes encourage visitors to evaluate T.rex 's size, the power in its legs, length of its arms, the sharpness of its teeth, to decide if its physical features were best suited to catch prey or to steal carcasses.

At the end, visitors decide which side of the scientific debate they support.

For more information, download the T.rex: The Killer Question information pack (PDF).

And, because no exhibition visit is complete without a browse of the gift shop, we also offer a wide range of fantastic dinosaur merchandise at wholesale prices. 

View the dinosaur merchandise catalogue


T.rex foot - what does T.rex's bone structure show about its eating habits?

Use this information to get an idea of the venue requirements and specifications for the T.rex: The Killer Question exhibition.

The host venue requirements and responsibilities include:

  • an indoor display area of minimum 600m2
  • minimum doorway access: height 2.5m and width 2.2m
  • minimum six metre ceiling height for assembly and display
  • controlled environment between 18°C – 25°C
  • transport costs from previous venue in four 13.5m tilt trailers
  • air compressor and pipes to power the animatronic models and electrical supply
  • translation and production of text, text panels and graphics
  • skilled installation and dismantling support staff
  • forklift, crane, hoist and other equipment required for access
  • scaffold tower
  • promotion and publicity
  • insurance

Image gallery

View images of T.rex: The Killer Question, to get more of a flavour of this exhibition.

Ankylosaurus model

Ankylosaurus model. Did T.rex really hunt and kill Ankylosaurus for food?

Dinosaur babies hatching from eggs

Dinosaur babies hatching from eggs. What does the anatomy of T.rex babies reveal about their eating habits?

Close-up of Velociraptor model

A Velociraptor model from the exhibition

A group of Sauronitholestes

A group of Sauronitholestes

Bone casts and specimen evidence

Bone casts and specimen evidence. What do these body parts tell us about T.rex's eating habits?

The impressive, full-size T.rex model
The full-size T.rex model never fails to impress visitors
Full size Velociraptor and T.rex casts

 The centrepiece of the exhibition, a huge T.rex cast, makes a striking contrast to the relatively small Velociraptor.

T.rex eating a dead Triceratops
A T.rex model makes a meal out of a Triceratops. Was T.rex really just a opportunist scavenger, feeding on carcasses of other dinosaurs?
Deinonychus model from T.rex: The Killer Question

A Deinonychus model looks pleased with itself after enjoying a bloody meal.


Watch this short video to get a flavour of this exhibition.

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