Acrocanthosaurus to the facade of the Arizona Natural History Museum

Crews two weeks ago attached the replica of an Acrocanthosaurus to the facade of the Arizona Natural History Museum in advance of its unveiling Tuesday during a "dinosaur celebration" marking its residency.

You won’t find a fly on the wall outside the Arizona Natural History Museum. Instead, you’ll find a dinosaur.

Crews two weeks ago attached a 24-four-foot scientifically accurate replica of an Acrocanthosaurus outside the wall of the museum, 53 N. Macdonald, Mesa, in anticipation of a grand unveiling at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, when a “dinosaur celebration” will mark its official residency.

The model toured the country before arriving in Mesa.

An actual Acrocanthosaurus would have measured 38 feet from snout to tail tip and weighed over 6 tons.

Its color was “based on factors such as sexual attraction and predator/prey relationship,” a museum official said last year when the project was launched.

Acrocanthosaurus translates into “high-spined lizard” and the model was based on the museum’s replica of an actual one in its collection.

It arrives ahead of the American Alliance of Museums meeting in Phoenix May 5-9 and attendees likely will stop by to admire it if as they attend convention events scheduled at the i.d.e.a. Museum and Mesa Arts Center or, possibly, during a visit to Chandler for a “hard hat tour” of the city’s new museum currently under construction.

As many as 5,000 people from around the world are expected to attend the convention.

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