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Many of the skeletons in the Bone Hall have been on view since 1881—first in what is now known as the Arts and Industries Building, and since the 1960s in their current form. The skeletons represent an unparalleled study collection of every major group of vertebrate animals.
Compare the skeletons of vastly different animals and see how they are the similar and different. Download the augmented reality app “Skin and Bones” (for Apple devices) to get a glimpse of how these specimens move and look when alive.
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The Hall opened in 1881 as part of the US National Museum (USNM), the Smithsonian's first museum
Skin and Bones
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Use the Skin and Bones app in the exhibit or from wherever you are to peer into the inner lives of animals like bats, giant sea cows, rattlesnakes and more. Meet the people who study them, ponder big ideas about the natural world and play a game or two.