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National Fossil Day @NMNH

National Fossil Day logoCome celebrate National Fossil Day at the National Museum of Natural History!

On October 15, 2014, we'll be celebrating with fun hands-on activities, expert paleontologists on hand to answer your questions, and much more. Check out our upcoming events for more details.





Evolution of a Fossil Hall

Starting April 28, 2014 to 2019, the National Museum of Natural History's current Fossil Halls will undergo the largest and most complex renovation in the Museum's history. The new exhibition will showcase our unrivaled fossil collection and present the most current scientific research.

Visitors to the Museum will be able to explore how life, environments, and ecosystems have interacted to form and change our planet over billions of years. By discovering and harnessing the tools and methods paleobiologists use to study fossils, visitors will gain a deeper understanding of how the world works.

The distant past affects all of us today and will continue to do so in the future. How will climate change impact the natural world and our daily lives? How can we make informed choices about our ecosystems as individuals and as a species? How can we all become informed citizens of a changing planet?



EXHIBITS
The Rex Room

Don't Miss the Rex Room! The last day it will be on public display is October 22.

The Nation's T. rex arrived at the National Museum of Natural History on April 15th, 2014 and visitors are able to glimpse it being prepared for display in the Rex Room. Learn More >>



a wrench 'fossilized'

Opening November 25, 2014

Discover the lost world of the last dinosaurs to roam what is modern day North America sixty six million years ago before events caused their extinction. Learn More >>



Fossil Hall Live Camera & Timelapse Camera
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Watch live as we remove dinosaur fossils and deconstruct the National Fossil Hall.

Explore photos of our work taken every 15 minutes. Fast forward through time via a time-lapse movie from the final week the hall was open to the public until the present moment.



GET INVOLVED

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Throughout the development of the fossil hall, the Museum wants your input. Check us out on Facebook to get the insider’s view on the renovations and monitor our progress.

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