EASTEND — Saskatchewan's T. rex Discovery Centre (TRDC), home of Scotty, the world's largest Tyrannosaurus rex, set a new attendance record for the 2021 season.
This year's attendance of 12,250 visitors through the gates eclipses the previous mark of 10,440, set in 2018.
"I am very pleased to see that so many people were able to enjoy the T. rex Discovery Centre in Eastend and the diverse array of paleontological exhibits, programs and events that they offer," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Laura Ross said.
"I encourage people to take the opportunity to check out Scotty and the rest of the Discovery Centre's amazing programming when it opens again next year."
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TRDC was not open in 2020, but re-opened in late May. Guests were able to visit the world's largest Tyrannosaurus rex specimen, in addition to checking out the new Paleo Lab and some of the latest discoveries by Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM) paleontologists.
Located at #1 T. rex Drive in Eastend, the centre is open from the May long weekend until Labour Day. It is an hour-and-a-half drive from Swift Current, or an hour drive from Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.
In addition to the new TRDC attendance record, a favourite attraction at the RSM in Regina is making its long-awaited return later this week - Megamunch is back. Unlike his ferocious ancestors that lived here over 65 million years ago, this half-sized robotic Tyrannosaurus rex really likes children (to play with, not to eat), and greets them with a "friendly" roar each time he sees them.
The first of his kind in Canada, Megamunch currently resides next to the RSM theatre.
For more information about the RSM and TRDC, programming, or to learn how you can support the RSM’s world-class research, visit us at https://royalsaskmuseum.ca/, or on Facebook (@Royal.Saskatchewan.Museum), Twitter (@royalsaskmuseum) or Instagram (@RoyalSaskMuseum). Admission is by donation.