Exhibit Recreates the Twilight of T. rex's Reign

Explore the National Museum of Natural History's new dinosaur exhibit. 

By Gemma Tarlach|Thursday, October 02, 2014
RELATED TAGS: DINOSAURS, PALEONTOLOGY
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A Triceratops previously in the fossil hall (bottom) stars in the new exhibit.
Chip Clark/Smithsonian Institution
The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World
The National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

With the Smithsonian’s iconic fossil hall closed for renovations until 2019, what’s a dino lover to do in the nation’s capital?

Well, you could spend some quality time in the twilight of T. rex’s reign. Last American Dinosaurs gives visitors the chance to immerse themselves in both a late Cretaceous ecosystem and the fieldwork of paleontologists today.

The exhibit re-creates North Dakota’s Hell Creek formation, one of the richest dino digs ever found, as it was 66 million years ago: a swampy lowland teeming with life, including some of our most famous dinosaurs, such as Triceratops and T. rex. Multimedia stations explain how scientists determined the location’s flora and fauna, as well as its climate and geology. Opens Nov. 25.

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Designs for the new exhibit, which replaces the Smithsonian's fossil hall while it's closed for renovation.
Smithsonian Institution
[This article originally appeared in print as "The End of an Era."]
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