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One of the most popular exhibitions with students of all ages, the Hall of Paleobiology tells the story of the evolution of life and all its various forms. The story begins almost 3.5 billion years ago and includes Dinosaurs, Life in the Ancient Seas, Fossil Mammals, and Fossil Plants.

**UPDATE: The Hall of Paleobiology is closed for renovations until June 8, 2019, when it will re-open with a new look and a new name: The David H. Koch Hall of Fossils — Deep Time. In the meantime, we have another dinosaur exhibition on display.**

The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World is open on the second floor.


Educational Resources

Backyard Dinosaurs

What did Washington, D.C. look like 110 million years ago, and how do we know?

Blast from the Past!

Evidence of an asteroid impact 65 million years ago.

Digging the Fossil Record Blog

See behind-the-scenes photos, field reports from our scientists, research news, archival images, paleo art, and many other stories about our collections and our work, past and present.

Evolve or Perish Board Game

How adaptable are you? Download this game and play your way through the last 600 million years.


Paleontologists and volunteers work in this glass-enclosed space on new fossil shipments from the field.

Smithsonian Science How Paleontology Videos

Bring a Smithsonian paleontologist into your classroom with Smithsonian Science How. These 30-minute videos feature the research and personalities of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, providing your students with positive STEM role models, and information about science careers. All shows are aligned with standards.


Videos from the Prehistoric Footprints National Monument in New Mexico. Fossils, Geology, Public Access.

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