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3D rendering of Last of American Dinosaurs exhibit

A New Exhibit Now On Display

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 >>

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?

Fossil Hall Live Camera & Timelapse Camera
Thumbnail of Fossil Hall Live Camera & Timelapse Camera interface

Watch the evolution of our new dinosaur hall from the deinstallation of fossils to the building renovation..

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 open to the public through November 6, 2017.

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