Introducing Trix the T. Rex … Kelvin Hall’s dinosaur attraction starts to take shape

By Ellen Thomson at

Glasgow’s latest dinosaur attraction has arrived in the West End.

Teams are now busy putting together Trix, the T.Rex dinosaur, which goes on show at Kelvin Hall from next week.

For 15 weeks from Thursday April 18, the Glasgow venue will host the world’s only real touring Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.

Dinosaur skeleton

Boney: Trix will take five days to assemble. Photo credit © Martin Shields

It takes five days for experts to painstakingly unpack and assemble the massive dinosaur skeleton.

The 39ft long frame weighs a colossal 5,000 kg, the same as four Mini Cooper cars.

And the exhibition – ‘T. rex in Town’ – overlaps with the final weeks of Dippy on Tour from the Natural History Museum at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, just across the road from Kelvin Hall.

Steph Scholten, director of The Hunterian, said: “We are delighted to welcome Trix the T. rex to Scotland.

Trix the dinosaur

Display: Trix goes on show at Kelvin Hall. Photo © Martin Shields

“She has travelled across Europe by road, sailed across the English Channel by ferry and has cleared border control, despite Brexit, to arrive safely with us in Glasgow.

“Bringing this major touring exhibition to the city will allow thousands of Scots, and visitors to Scotland, to see one of the world’s most iconic dinosaur species.

“Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons are very rare finds and Trix is the only real touring T. rex fossil in the world. This is a major coup for Glasgow which is the only UK stop on her European tour.”

Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor David McDonald, said: ‘Trix has arrived. The anticipation is growing.

“Like thousands of other visitors, I am really excited to see this impressive, if slightly scary, creature take shape before my eyes.

Trix the dinosaur

Painstaking: the skeleton has travelled across Europe to arrive in Glasgow. Photograph by Martin Shields

“It’s incredible to watch the skilled team from Naturalis in the Netherlands bring this extremely rare real dinosaur skeleton to life in Glasgow.”

The T.rex in Town exhibition has been touring European cities while she waits for a new museum building to be completed at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in her home city of Leiden, in the Netherlands.

Once her visit to Glasgow is finished it is unlikely she will go on tour again.

Trix is a unique find. With almost 80 percent of bone volume found, she ranks in the top three T. rex skeletons in the world.

Trix the T.rex dinosaur and little girl

Pictured: Martha Scott (age 4) from Glasgow’s west end cleaning the skull. Photograph © Martin Shields

Trix is a five-tonne, 39ft (12 metres) long female T. rex whose extremely well-preserved skeleton was discovered in Montana, USA in 2013.

She will be on display at Kelvin Hall from Thursday 18 April to 31 July 2019.

Tickets for the major dinosaur attraction and interactive exhibition are available now

Tickets £14\ £8, family ticket £39.50. Concessions are also available.