The Field Museum is an educational institution concerned with the diversity and relationships in nature and among cultures. It provides collection-based research and learning for greater public understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live. The Field Museum acquired SUE, a spectacular T. rex, in 1997 and spent over two years cleaning and preparing her bones for exhibition. In May, 2000, the unveiling of the complete skeleton made headlines around the world. Since then more than 16 million visitors have seen SUE at The Field Museum.