Lecture: Taking the Smithsonian’s Fossil Halls into the Twenty-First Century


Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 6:00pm to 7:00pm


Online—Harvard Museum of Natural History

Fossils provide evidence of how organisms have evolved and ecosystems have changed through time—and offer clues to our present and future. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History recently completed a seven-year renovation of its Fossil Hall, the largest in the institution’s history. Matthew Carrano, lead curator of the Fossil Hall, will describe the museum’s approach to creating a modern, relevant exhibition for the twenty-first century, featuring new research and more than seven hundred fossils. His talk will detail the goals, processes, and results of this enormous project, while highlighting the key topics selected to enhance the public’s understanding of the evolution of life on Earth.

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