By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Feb 04, 2022 at 8:03 AM

Now that the deep sea show at Milwaukee Public Museum has sailed, staff is preparing the next big show and it’s a monster!

"Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family" opens for a limited run on Friday, Feb. 18 and closes on May 18.

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Did you know there’s more to the Tyrannosaur family than T. rex? The terrifying Velociraptor is another member of the family.

In fact, tyrannosaurs came in a variety of sizes and shapes and lived in many places around the world. There are so many, dating back more than 100 million years, that scientists are finding new tyrannosaurs, which means their story is ever-changing and like the dinos themselves, evolving.

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The touring show will feature more than 10 life-sized specimens and lots of tyrannosaur fossils – including many from China that make their U.S. debut in this show. Guests can hatch a dinosaur egg and much more.

"There’s a lot to look at and learn at the exhibition," wrote Richmond Magazine, when the exhibit was in Virginia last summer. "On display are tyrannosaur teeth and fossilized eggs, as well as the simulated roars and footsteps of tyrannosaurs, which may sound familiar, since the T. rex is part of popular culture, despite being extinct for about 65 million years. If you’re curious about what tyrannosaur poop looked like, the exhibit has a model of that, too.

"At 20 feet tall, Scotty  is the star of the show. However, the exhibit is called “Meet the Family” for a reason. Other tyrannosaurs, including the feathery, flightless Guanlong wucaii; the Albertosaurus sarcophagus, known for its long-distance running at a speed of up to 28 mph; and the long-armed Velociraptor mongoliensis also make an appearance at this reunion."

You can meet the enter terrifying tyrannosaur family in this show.

Here's a peek at how the show looked when it was at Omaha's Durham Museum.

“You’ll even run for your life and watch dinos take over Milwaukee in a virtual-reality experience during this immersive, multimedia exhibition,” notes the museum’s website.

“Behind the stories of these ancient carnivores is astonishing science and cutting-edge technology being used by today’s paleontologists. Learn about how Earth has changed over time and why sudden environmental devastation can cause even the most dominant species to go extinct.”

Tickets can be purchased online here and are $24, including museum admission, for guests ages 14-64, $20 for seniors, 65 and up, and $18 for kids 4-13. Children 3 and under are admitted free.

Stay tuned to the OnMilwaukee Facebook page as I’ll do a live walk through the exhibit on March 1 at 11 a.m. ... but you probably don’t want to wait that long to see it for yourself.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.