David H. Koch Hall of Fossils - Deep Time
Deep Time starts at the very beginning—4.6-billion-years ago. But it ends in the future. Along the way, visitors will travel through ancient ecosystems, experience the evolution of plant and animal life, and get up close with some 700 specimens, including an Alaskan palm tree, early insects, reptiles and mammals, and dramatically posed giants like Tyrannosaurus rex, Diplodocus and the woolly mammoth.
The massive, 31,000-square-foot exhibition will inspire a new generation of dinosaur lovers and scientists. It will also prompt individuals to think about their own impact on the planet.
Unlike past extinction and warming events, human activities are driving Earth’s rapidly changing climate today. The exhibition will give visitors tools to interpret the past, present, and future and see how the choices they make today will live far beyond them, in deep time.
Did you know?
Many of the original murals from the old fossil hall by Jay Matternes are featured in Deep Time
DEEP TIME AUDIO DESCRIPTION APP
Using the accessibility features and settings on your own device, you can read or listen to visual descriptions of the new fossil hall integrated with exhibit content.
Discover how all life is connected—past, present, and future—to all other life and to the Earth itself. Learn more about evolution, ecosystems, and extinction from the beginning of life 3.7 billion years ago to the Age of Humans today.