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

Fri, October 22
10:00AM
$
Sat, October 23
10:00AM
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Sun, October 24
10:00AM
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Mon, October 25
10:00AM
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Tue, October 26
10:00AM
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Wed, October 27
10:00AM
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Thu, October 28
10:00AM
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Fri, October 29
10:00AM
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Sat, October 30
10:00AM
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Sun, October 31
10:00AM
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Mon, November 01
10:00AM
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Occurs 69 more times through Jan 09

American Museum of Natural History

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

Schedule

October 22, Friday 10:00AM
October 23, Saturday 10:00AM
October 24, Sunday 10:00AM
October 25, Monday 10:00AM
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