The holiday spirit has officially taken over every aspect of our lives. If you’re in London, that includes museum visits. The London Natural History Museum has jumped on the festive bandwagon by dressing up one of its dinosaurs in a Christmas sweater.
The animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex, part of the Dinosaur Encounter exhibition at the Natural History Museum, is imposing even at three-quarters the size of a life-size T.rex, but the enormous and sharped-tooth creature looks a lot less scary when it’s sporting a Christmas sweater.
Our animatronic T. rex is getting into the Christmas spirit. It's been kitted out in its very own theropod-size seasonal sweater, made from 100% recycled materials, thanks to @britishxmas.
Get your claws on your own version: https://t.co/p02sVFP2nI#NHMtrexmas pic.twitter.com/ZRhyA0Ubi9
— Natural History Museum (@NHM_London) December 6, 2021
The Christmas sweater was made especially for the T.rex by family-run British company British Christmas Jumper. According to the BBC, it took staff at British Christmas Jumper 100 hours of work to complete the sweater. The effort makes sense when you consider how large the sweater is, except for the sleeves which are tiny, of course.
It’s made from 60 percent recycled cotton and 40 percent recycled polyester, with the latter coming from locally recycled plastic bottles.
Upon seeing the London Natural History Museum’s antics on Twitter, The Manchester Museum decided to dress up its own T.rex in the museum’s Fossil Gallery. Here’s to hoping it starts a trend.
Tomorrow, @McrMuseum are opening the Fossils Gallery for one day only so you can drop off donations for the Christmas Gift Appeal.
You can also get your picture with Stanta Claus! pic.twitter.com/BekkEBAHW8
— The University of Manchester (@OfficialUoM) December 6, 2021
You can get the dinosaur nerds in your life their own dino-motif Christmas sweater in the gift shop of the London Natural History Museum for just $46. All the sales proceeds help support the museum’s mission.