Vibration Mitigation and Sound Testing in SUE Hall at the Field Museum in Chicago


“SUE” is the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimen in the world, with approximately 90 percent (by volume) of its actual bones mounted for exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago. Authors Arne Johnson, Mohamed ElBatanouny, and William Simpson (Field Museum Chicago) discuss how to settle down your T-Rex before you take it out in public—vibration-mitigation design for a 67-million-year-old museum specimen.

This article originally appeared in Vol. 51, No. 4, of the APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology. © Association for Preservation Technology, 2020. For more information about the Association for Preservation Technology, please visit