It’s the end of an era for Albuquerque’s beloved dino denizen.
Museum staff spent Monday morning taking apart Stan the T-Rex, who has sat in the lobby since 2007.
While Stan will be missed, he’s being taken apart to make room for a more Native resident, the Bisti Beast—a distant cousin to the T-Rex, which once roamed the lands of New Mexico.
“Of course it’s sad to see a dinosaur being taken down from display. I love dinosaurs, I love the T-Rex, but let’s give somebody else a turn,” curator Tom Williamson said.
Stan the T-Rex will still be available for viewing at the Farmington Museum through May 2020.
The Bisti Beast, meanwhile, is expected to be on display in Albuquerque starting in July. It will be an animatronic display based on the fossil unearthed in the Four Corners in 1997.