2014 – NMNH Fossil Halls close for renovation
On this day in dinosaurs, one of the most famous and inspirational fossil halls shut its doors to begin a transformation. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History boasts some of the most fantastic dinosaur specimens in the United States and in 2014, these behemoths were taken from public view to allow the installation of the museum’s new Hall of Deep Time, which will open in 2019.
The dinosaurs stood, largely unaltered, for decades before this renovation began. This allowed generations of families to stroll through the hall, looking up at a range of Mesozoic megafauna. It makes sense to update the old exhibits, but there will always be a special place in any dinophile’s heart for the inspirational displays of the past.