Following a five-year-long renovation, the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) has reopened its fossil hall. It hosts “Deep Time”, an exhibition which invites people to explore the story of how the distant past of the Earth is linked to the present, plus how it informs our future.
Prepared to be spellbound, overwhelmed, dazzled, and engaged for “Deep Time” is an epic exhibition. It has to be at the very top of your list of things to do this summer on tours of Washington DC. Keep reading for more reasons as to why you cannot miss this adventure through the Earth’s biological and scientific history.
It is an Epic Journey through Historic Timelines
Right through its expanse, the “Deep Time” exhibition reflects themes of evolution, connection, climate change, and extinction. It encapsulates years of science, which summarize numerous periods of time through remarkable fossil specimens, dioramas, informative text, videos, murals, touchable objects, and interactive touch-screens.
The majority of visitors will start their trip from the rotunda of the museum, with the first notable encounter coming with a mastodon dated around 11,500 years before (called the Quaternary era). From thereon, the wonder that is “Deep Time” never ceases – you will pass through the space encapsulating the era of dinosaurs (where you will see a Tyrannosaurus rex preparing itself to eat a Triceratops), learn about the effects of mass extinctions and those of climate change, see the evolution of animal and plant life, and do much more.
Fossil Specimens on View at the “Deep Time” Hall are Jaw-Dropping
The exhibition hall has around 700 fossil specimens, several of which being displayed for the first time. Apart from the fossils of the aforementioned mastodon and T. Rex, you can see a huge deer from around 11,100 years before, a wholly mammoth, a giant sloth, and those of many others here. This list is pretty much endless, but we do not wish to ruin momentous surprises you will have at the museum hall.
Climate Change, Its Effect and Possible Solutions Showcased in Detail
The “Changing Climates” area and “Age of Humans” room dive deep into this topic. The former space explores the PETM (Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum), a global warming event happened 56 million years before, and how it could help see the effects of today’s climate change coming. In the latter room, visitors are being shown how people launched unprecedented change on this planet over the previous 10,000 years.