The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost WorldThe 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.
[This article originally appeared in print as "The End of an Era."]