Scotty, the most massive Tyrannosaurus rex in the world, is coming to the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.
Originally discovered by an RSM research team in Saskatchewan’s Frenchman River Valley in 1991, Scotty’s fossilized remains were painstakingly removed – almost completely by hand – over the next two decades from the rock in which they were embedded. That work was finished in 2014, thanks to employees, students and volunteers. A perfect replica was first unveiled in Eastend on March 13, 2015.
Now, thanks to investment by the Ministry of Central Services and a grant from Heritage Canada’s Cultural Spaces Fund, the RSM has launched the first of a three phase redevelopment that begins with a complete redesign of both its Upper and Lower gallery entrances/exits. It is a MASSIVE project that, once complete, will feature a two-tiered viewing and gathering space with Scotty as its star attraction.
We believe that the creation of this space will dramatically impact – in many positive ways – the cultural landscape of our city and province. It will be used on a daily basis for presentations by RSM staff and as a marshalling yard for visiting school groups and our visitors. In addition, far from being a catwalk, the upper tier will offer a significant place for the visiting public to hold events and celebrations – all while staring Scotty directly in the eye. The lower tier will anchor Scotty’s massive feet, and will foster a sense of awe among those gazing up at her gigantic body. The podium anchoring Scotty will feature additional items such as rare dinosaur feathers and other relevant showcases about Scotty, programming at the RSM and upcoming events. It is sure to be a hit.