Skip to main content.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Website Search Box
{search_item}


NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY OCTOBER 15, 2014
Father and son posing with dinosaur toys

The National Museum of Natural History, along with the National Park Service and other partner agencies and organizations, invites you to to join us for National Fossil Day on Saturday October 15, 2016 from 10:00AM - 4:00PM.
SEE FULL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES BELOW

Join us for programs and activities about fossils on the ground floor and in
Q?rius, the Museum's interactive science education space. Visitors of all ages are invited to talk to paleontologists, handle fossils and discover more about how fossils reveal the history of life on Earth.

Art will meet science in Q?rius Jr. (1st floor), where visitors will be able to make their own fossil rubbings. Explore the exhibition, "Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World", and see ongoing research and fossil preparation in at the FossiLab (2nd floor).

All events are free and open to the public.

twitter logo

@NMNH, #DiscoverFossils



instagram logo

@smithsoniannmnh, #DiscoverFossils


twitter logo

Event page

FEATURED EVENTS, 10AM - 2PM

Ground Floor

Constitution Avenue Lobby

Visitors Welcome/Orientation Station
Download a printable map of National Fossil Day activities within the museum.

Evans Gallery (Behind the Information Desk)

Jr. Paleontologist and his dadHands-on activities and demonstrations. Meet scientists and fossil conservation experts from partner organizations. Special opportunity to become a Junior Paleontologist for the
National Park Service!:

Youth 12 and under with a Junior Paleontologist badge get in free to Dinosaurs Alive! 3D at the Samuel C. Johnson IMAX® Theater on the First Floor. Runtimes all day.

Museum Family Store

11:30am - 12:30pm and 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

BOOK-SIGNING WITH BOB WALTERS AND TESS KISSINGER
Paleoartists and Authors of Discovering Dinosaurs


Q?RIUS (Ground Floor)


Speak with museum scientists, staff, and volunteers about current developments in fossil research, conservation, and exhibition. Handle fossils; learn about the history of life on earth from interactive and hands-on activities.

Museum paleontologist showing a piece of fossil to a young girl ASK A PALEONTOLOGIST - Talk with scientists from our museum and the US Geological Survey about their research and what it’s like to be a paleontologist.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Diets of Fossil Mammals with Museum scientists Dani Fraser and Silvia
Pineda-Munoz
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm How Are Fossils Formed? with Museum scientist Kay Behrensmeyer
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Marine Microfossils with US Geological Survey scientist John Repetski


Scientist Matt Carrano and colleague smilingDinosaurs!!!

10:00 am - 11:30 am Dinosaurs in the Polar Forest with Museum scientist Matt Carrano


WORKING WITH FOSSILS - Talk with experts in fossil preparation to learn how fossils are conserved and prepared for exhibits and research.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Fossils and 3D Scanning with Smithsonian 3D Specialist Adam Metallo
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Fossil Preparation and Collections Management with Museum technicians
Matt Miller and Michelle Pinsdorf
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Building Dinosaurs in the New Deep Time Exhibition with Museum exhibit developer Siobhan Starrs


Museum paleontologistsFOSSILS BIG AND SMALL - Scientists studying fossils from macroscopic to microscopic share how advances in technology enable them to find clues about life on earth.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Green River Fossils with Museum scientist Dale Greenwalt
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Fossil Pollen with Museum scientist Antoine Bercovici
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Trace Fossils with Museum scientists Laura Soul and Matt Vrazo


AMERICAN GEOSCIENCES INSTITUTE - In the Footsteps of the Dinosaurs


NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION - Fossil Display


NATIONAL PARK SERVICE THOMAS STONE HISTORIC SITE - The Fossilization Challenge


Young boy holding a skull VOLUNTEER FACILITATED ACTIVITIES

  • MICROFOSSILS - Sift through matrix to find microfossils from the time of the dinosaurs.
  • NEW DISCOVERY: AUSTRALOPITHECUS SEDIBA – A new fossil early human was found. What does it tell us about human evolution?
  • BIPEDALISM - Humans walk upright on two legs - our skeletons have clues to this unusual behavior.
  • TAKE A SELFIE! - Dress up with our paleo-inspired props and share your pictures with us using #DiscoverFossils!

Q?rius Lab

Father and daughter sifting for fossilsSIFTING FOR FOSSILS - Sift through matrix to find sharks' teeth and other marine fossils. Experienced staff will help you identify your fossils. Take your fossils home to start your own fossil collection.


FIRST FLOOR

Rotunda

Visitors Welcome/Orientation Station

Q?RIUS Jr.

Young girl in Q?rius Jr. smiling and showing off her fossil rubbing Where Art meets Science for the young and the young at heart.

Draw Alongs with Bob Walters and Tess Kissinger, paleoartists and authors of Discovering Dinosaurs

10:30 am - 11:30 am
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Paleo Art/Fossil Rubbings -Make your own fossil rubbings to take home.

11:30 am - 1:30 pm
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Samuel C. Johnson IMAX ® Theater

Dinosaur Alive! 3D Imax film FREE ADMISSION for children, age 12 years and under, who can show a Junior Paleontologist's badge.

Dinosaurs ALIVE in 3D showing @ 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm;
National Parks Adventure in 3D showing @ 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm



SECOND FLOOR


'The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World' ExhibitThe Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World
Visit the exhibition and FossiLab, a working laboratory; learn from fossil displays and mobile activity carts including "What is a Fossil" and "It's a Date"


FossiLab - Visit a working fossil laboratory inside the exhibition where you can watch scientists and experienced volunteers engaged in fossil research and fossil preparation.

Child holding small fossil find to the camera Discover DINOSAURS IN OUR BACKYARD and local fossils at the MARYLAND DINOSAUR PARK activity table.

[ TOP ]