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Museum of Science, Boston

July 27 ,1972 : The full-scale model of the Tyrannosaurus rex got situated in his new home in the West Wing, where it was exhibited in an open 55-foot-high well visible from all three floor levels. The head of the dinosaur has been on display above the entrance hall since 1966.

Charles Carey / Globe Staff

July 27 ,1972 : The full-scale model of the Tyrannosaurus rex got situated in his new home in the West Wing, where it was exhibited in an open 55-foot-high well visible from all three floor levels. The head of the dinosaur has been on display above the entrance hall since 1966.

On Dec. 14, 1949, the cornerstone of the Museum of Science was laid along the Charles River. The museum opened in 1951 and was very popular. The museum expanded multiple times at Science Park during the next two decades. A variety of exhibits and attractions were added, and now approximately 1.5 million visitors per year walk through the comprehensive museum. — Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite

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