WASHINGTON — Get ready to roar the next time you visit the nation’s capital. Well, roar, and think long and hard about climate change.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will finally reopen its dinosaur and fossil hall for the first time since 2014 on June 8: The David H. Koch Hall of Fossils — Deep Time. And boy, does it go deep into time.
The scene, which features more than 700 fossils includes: An aggressive T. rex skeleton gnawing on a triceratops. A live-action tetrapod figurine adorably moving inside a glass case. Experts preparing fossils in a special laboratory. Charles Darwin (the statue) sitting on a bench and staring into the distance, with a quote beside him: “From so simple a beginning, endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
Yes, the $110 million, 31,000-square-foot exhibit spans 3.7 billion years worth of history, but it also doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities facing the world today.
The hall is one of many exhibits at the Museum of Natural History, and a drop in the historical bucket of the 19 Smithsonian museums, galleries, gardens and a zoo scattered across Washington.
With 50 million visitors expected over the next decade, there’s great opportunity for impact.
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