Fossil Halls

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street

One of the premier attractions in New York City is the Museum's series of fossil halls, including its two famed dinosaur halls. The Museum is home to the world's largest collection of vertebrate fossils, totaling nearly one million specimens. More th... more

One of the premier attractions in New York City is the Museum's series of fossil halls, including its two famed dinosaur halls. The Museum is home to the world's largest collection of vertebrate fossils, totaling nearly one million specimens. More than 600 of these specimens, nearly 85 percent of which are real fossils as opposed to casts, are on view. Completely renovated between 1994 and 1996, the fossil halls now stand as a continuous loop on the fourth floor, telling the story of vertebrate evolution. Unlike most fossil exhibits, which are arranged in chronological order, the Museum's fossil halls display the specimens according to evolutionary relationships, dramatically illustrating the complex branches of the tree of life, in which animals are grouped according to their shared physical characteristics. Such relationships are determined through a method of scientific analysis called cladistics, which the Museum helped pioneer. The halls' renovation also allowed for new scientific interpretations of favorite displays, as well as the restoration of the fourth floor to its original architectural grandeur.


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Fossil Halls

Tue, September 21
10:00AM
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Wed, September 22
10:00AM
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Thu, September 23
10:00AM
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Fri, September 24
10:00AM
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Sat, September 25
10:00AM
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Sun, September 26
10:00AM
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Mon, September 27
10:00AM
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Tue, September 28
10:00AM
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Wed, September 29
10:00AM
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Thu, September 30
10:00AM
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Occurs 69 more times through Dec 08

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5100

Schedule

September 21, Tuesday 10:00AM
September 22, Wednesday 10:00AM
September 23, Thursday 10:00AM
September 24, Friday 10:00AM
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