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We can hardly contain our excitement! As we put the finishing touches on the Visitor Hall’s new exhibits, follow along o...
09/26/2023

We can hardly contain our excitement! As we put the finishing touches on the Visitor Hall’s new exhibits, follow along on Facebook & Instagram for more behind-the-scenes content.

Friendly reminder that the Museum is closed to the public now through October 14 as we complete the new Visitor Hall. Members will get an exclusive preview on Saturday, October 14 from 11am–3pm. Become a member today to unlock access to this special event. https://www.cmnh.org/join-support/become-a-member

On Sunday, October 15, the Visitor Hall will open to all. See you soon!

Add Teaching with Tombstones to your spooky season schedule!On October 7 & 28, join Dr. Joe Hannibal, Curator Emeritus o...
09/25/2023

Add Teaching with Tombstones to your spooky season schedule!

On October 7 & 28, join Dr. Joe Hannibal, Curator Emeritus of Invertebrate Paleontology, for a special geology walking tour through Lake View Cemetery!

Lake View Cemetery contains a wealth of geological features, both natural and built. On this two-hour walk, we’ll explore diverse points of geological interest—such as gravestones, monuments, and mausoleums—and enjoy the natural architecture of these historic grounds, which serve as the final resting place for some of Cleveland’s most celebrated residents.

Register for Part I on October 7 to tour the south side: https://www.cmnh.org/calendar/teaching-with-tombstones-oct-7

Register for Part II on October 28 to tour the north side: https://www.cmnh.org/calendar/teaching-with-tombstones-oct-28

This week, police officers from Case Western Reserve University conducted an insightful training with Museum staff. Than...
09/23/2023

This week, police officers from Case Western Reserve University conducted an insightful training with Museum staff. Thank you CWRU Division of Public Safety, for your support and continued dedication to public safety!

As we put the finishing touches on our extraordinary new Visitor Hall - which will showcase some of our most beloved att...
09/22/2023

As we put the finishing touches on our extraordinary new Visitor Hall - which will showcase some of our most beloved attractions - the Museum will be closed to the public from Tuesday, September 26, through Saturday, October 14. On Saturday, October 14, the Museum will host a special Member Preview (it's not too late to become a member!). We invite everyone to join us in the new Visitor Hall on Sunday, October 15.

Congratulations to Museum Astronomer Destiny Thomas for being recognized as a 2023 Crain's 20 In Their 20s honoree! 🎉
09/18/2023

Congratulations to Museum Astronomer Destiny Thomas for being recognized as a 2023 Crain's 20 In Their 20s honoree! 🎉

Crain’s 20 In Their 20s honors the talented young leaders in Northeast Ohio’s business and nonprofit communities.

Wishing a happy new year to all our friends who celebrate Rosh Hashanah!
09/15/2023

Wishing a happy new year to all our friends who celebrate Rosh Hashanah!

Happy Labor Day! We hope you're enjoying the long weekend. A friendly reminder that the Museum is closed today in observ...
09/04/2023

Happy Labor Day! We hope you're enjoying the long weekend. A friendly reminder that the Museum is closed today in observance of the holiday. See you tomorrow! 🇺🇸

Happy Labor Day weekend! A friendly reminder that the Museum is closed on Monday, September 4, in observance of the holi...
09/01/2023

Happy Labor Day weekend! A friendly reminder that the Museum is closed on Monday, September 4, in observance of the holiday.

We're open Saturday and Sunday 10am–5pm. Hope to see you this weekend!

Congratulations to Museum President & CEO Sonia Winner for being recognized as a Cleveland Magazine 2023 Community Leade...
08/30/2023

Congratulations to Museum President & CEO Sonia Winner for being recognized as a Cleveland Magazine 2023 Community Leader of the Year! 🎉

A job well done by our Museum staff, Stewardship team, and a marsh neighbor! Check out Mentor Marsh's recent post. Spoil...
08/18/2023

A job well done by our Museum staff, Stewardship team, and a marsh neighbor! Check out Mentor Marsh's recent post. Spoiler alert: this rescue mission has a happy ending. 😊

08/18/2023

9 out of 10 paleontologists recommend a vacuum for cast cleaning. ✨

Happy from the Museum’s cast of Jane, the juvenile T. rex. This week, the Exhibits Team checked in on Jane at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE).

Next time you fly, head over to concourse C near Great Lakes Brewing Company to snag a selfie with Jane! Don’t forget to tag us for a chance to be shared on our page.

We are thrilled to have won the 2022-2023 CILC Pinnacle Award!This award is bestowed annually to CILC Content Providers ...
08/17/2023

We are thrilled to have won the 2022-2023 CILC Pinnacle Award!

This award is bestowed annually to CILC Content Providers for their accomplishments in creating live virtual field trips that have high educational value, actively involve learners at their level, and are professionally delivered.

The Pinnacle Awards are determined by evaluations received from educators and activity coordinators who have participated in the live virtual field trips. We are delighted to have won this award to highlight our high quality virtual programs.

Get to know more Winners and the history of the Award here: https://bit.ly/3K7mfQj

🎉Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Pinnacle Award Winners!🎉

We bestow this award annually to Content Providers for their accomplishments in creating live virtual field trip experiences that have high educational value, actively involve learners at their level, and are professionally delivered.

The “Programs of Distinction” are determined by evaluations received from educators and activity coordinators who have participated in the live virtual experiences.

We share this announcement at the start of the new school year to make all aware of the quality live virtual field trips that are available to help bring learning to life in the classroom!

🏆Get to know more Winners and the history of the Award here: https://bit.ly/3K7mfQj

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The Museum’s transformation is in full swing! Thanks to the Museum Board Chair, Sally Sears, and Co-Chairs of the Commun...
08/15/2023

The Museum’s transformation is in full swing! Thanks to the Museum Board Chair, Sally Sears, and Co-Chairs of the Community Engagement Committee, Susan Donlan and Mike Gallagher DDS and his spouse, Catherine Gallagher for touring the soon-to-open Visitor Hall.

For more information on the Museum’s transformation:
https://www.cmnh.org/centennialhome

Visit today for a fun family day celebrating the month’s back-to-school excitement! Meet with various community organiza...
08/13/2023

Visit today for a fun family day celebrating the month’s back-to-school excitement! Meet with various community organizations working to promote the importance of education in our lives and to ensure that Clevelanders have access to resources that make going back to school easier:

✏️ Cleveland Public Library
✏️ Cuyahoga County Public Library
✏️ East Cleveland Public Library
✏️ Greater Cleveland Food Bank
✏️ PRE4CLE

For more information, visit our website. Remember, Cleveland and East Cleveland residents receive free admission every Sunday as part of the Mandel Foundation Community Days!

Spots are still available! 🔦 Join the Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Dr. Nicole Gunter and staff on a search for noctur...
08/10/2023

Spots are still available! 🔦

Join the Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Dr. Nicole Gunter and staff on a search for nocturnal insects at the Museum's magnificent Kelsey Ravine Preserve in Geauga County. By using “light traps”—lights of varying wavelength projected onto sheets—to attract a wide variety of insects, participants will have an opportunity to easily view moths, beetles, and other nocturnal residents of the preserve.

Guests are encouraged to wear dark-colored clothing and bring a flashlight or headlamp to help maneuver through the preserve at night. We'll get a campfire going and bring the marshmallows!

For information and registration:
https://www.cmnh.org/calendar/moths-and-more-insect-lighting-kelsey-ravine

We were honored to host Mayor Justin M. Bibb and his colleague, Rhonda Brown Artist, the city’s first Senior Strategist ...
08/09/2023

We were honored to host Mayor Justin M. Bibb and his colleague, Rhonda Brown Artist, the city’s first Senior Strategist for Arts, at the Museum today. Thank you for learning more about our transformation and touring the soon-to-open Visitor Hall!

08/09/2023

We ❤️ our Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve in any season, but August hits a little different. Native Swamp Rose Mallow is in full-bloom! These large, fragrant flowers provide pollen to insects such as bumblebees and other long-tongued bees, flower flies and beetles. Visit Mentor Marsh to see these beauties up-close.

To explore free, guided hikes at the Marsh:
https://www.cmnh.org/visit/programs-and-events

Sun’s out, tongues out. ☀️ Happy   to the Museum’s bobcat ambassadors! The Perkins Wildlife Center houses three bobcats:...
08/08/2023

Sun’s out, tongues out. ☀️

Happy to the Museum’s bobcat ambassadors! The Perkins Wildlife Center houses three bobcats: 21-year-old seniors, Bob and Bitty, and our newest addition, 1-year-old Diego. The bobcat has the largest range of any native wild cat in North America and is native to Ohio. Despite being abundant throughout the United States, bobcats are quite elusive and not easily spotted in the wild. ➡️ Think you may have seen a bobcat? Look for the short tail and black-tipped, tufted ears to distinguish them from large house cats.

📸: Bobcats, Bob & Bitty

08/07/2023

Stargazers! One of the best celestial displays of the year is just days away. We caught up with the Museum’s Senior Astronomer for everything you need to know about this weekend’s Perseid meteor shower. 💫

08/06/2023

How does Museum wildlife beat the heat? ☀️

With some frozen treats! During the dog days of summer, our wildlife staff will freeze fun treats and enrichment items to keep everyone active, yet cool. Learn more about the Museum’s enrichment programs during daily Keeper Talks!

➡️ And remember, Cleveland and East Cleveland residents receive free admission every Sunday as part of the Mandel Foundation Community Days.

🎥: Gray foxes, Buckeye & Ash, enjoy frozen carrots

08/05/2023

It’s a great morning to look for fossils! ⚒️

Our Prospecting in the Park trip is off to a great start with several paleobotany specimens found within Cleveland Shale. Thanks to all who joined us today!

08/04/2023

Dino on the move!

We love opening up new spaces as part of the Museum’s transformation. Guests can now visit our Triceratops cast—affectionately known as “Trudy”—in the new Perkins Connector space, along with the Dyrosaurus exhibit and Birdly virtual reality flight units. Afterwards, head through the double doors to enter Perkins Wildlife Center!

Check out this before & after! ⬇️A heartfelt thank you to longstanding Museum partners, Dominion Energy and EnviroScienc...
08/03/2023

Check out this before & after! ⬇️

A heartfelt thank you to longstanding Museum partners, Dominion Energy and EnviroScience, Inc. for volunteering at our Stanton Preserve Cleanup Day! The Museum’s 126 acre Stanton Forest Preserve in Ashtabula County is located along 5,400 feet of the Ashtabula Scenic River. This preserve contains an outstanding old growth forest, as well as documented breeding of rare birds and fish. Unfortunately, our Natural Areas team also discovered a large trash site overtaking a ravine. Thanks to help from our Museum partners, the area is now clear to invite the growth of native plant species. 🌱

✋Stop. Sit. Science! Join us Thursday, August 17 for the next Break for Science program. Hailey Majewski, Digital Asset ...
08/01/2023

✋Stop. Sit. Science!

Join us Thursday, August 17 for the next Break for Science program. Hailey Majewski, Digital Asset Manager, and Dr. Caitlin Colleary, Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, will demonstrate how innovative technology is allowing researchers to examine Museum specimens like never before! Dive into the stories behind some of the Museum's specimens and explore how we're using 3D surface scanning and printing to uncover vital clues from the past.

For information and registration:
https://www.cmnh.org/calendar/old-specimens-new-technology

UPDATE: SOLD OUTGO👏FOSSIL👏HUNTING👏WITH👏US Saturday, August 5, join the Museum’s Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleonto...
07/31/2023

UPDATE: SOLD OUT

GO👏FOSSIL👏HUNTING👏WITH👏US

Saturday, August 5, join the Museum’s Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Dr. Caitlin Colleary, Earth Sciences Collections Assistant Jeb Bugos, and Collections Manager of Earth Sciences Sarah Hennessey at Rocky River Reservation for a discussion about geology, ancient environments, and all things fossils! We’ll spend some time discussing Cleveland Shale, other types of paleo fieldwork and then use what we learned to break apart some shale of our own.

Will you find a fossil? Probably not. Will you have an awesome time? Absolutely.

Register for Prospecting in the Park:
https://www.cmnh.org/calendar/prospecting-in-the-park

We had a blast during a special STEM story time with Miss United States Lily K. Donaldson! Thank you for visiting Smead ...
07/30/2023

We had a blast during a special STEM story time with Miss United States Lily K. Donaldson! Thank you for visiting Smead Discovery Center—Presented by PNC, and learning more about the Museum’s transformation. 👑

Big softie. 😍 Check out this Eastern spiny softshell turtle spotted at our Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve! These tur...
07/29/2023

Big softie. 😍

Check out this Eastern spiny softshell turtle spotted at our Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve! These turtles are more commonly found in rivers, so it’s extra special to see it hanging out in Shipman Pond (connected to the Grand River). Instead of being protected by bony plates, a spiny softshell’s body is covered by a tough, rubbery covering. The small bumps along the front of the carapace, or top shell, are what account for the “spiny” portion of its common name.

🐢 Be on the lookout for turtles during the Mentor Marsh Family Hike tomorrow, July 30 at 2pm!
https://www.cmnh.org/calendar/midsummer-blooms

👑 And don’t forget: Stop by the Museum tomorrow, July 30 at 11:30am to meet Miss United States Lily K. Donaldson during a special STEM story time in Smead Discovery Center—Presented by PNC.

📸: Nan Patrick

07/28/2023

📢 A message from the field! 📢

Dr. Emma Finestone, the Museum’s Assistant Curator of Human Origins, and interns from Cleveland Museum of Natural History and National Museums of Kenya share a few finds from this season’s field work.

07/27/2023

Meet Jillian! 👋

We’re celebrating with one of the Museum’s Kirtlandia interns, Jillian Schwab. Jillian originates from the greater Cleveland Area and has fond memories of visiting the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in her younger years. She is now a rising Junior at Miami University where she studies anthropology, with minors in archaeology, fashion, and museum studies. Within her internship, Jillian has become a wizard with Museum technology such as the Artec microscanner, and is focused on 3D printing and modeling specimens from the paleontology collection.

Join us from 11:30am to 12:30pm on Sunday, July 30 as STEM-supporter Miss United States Lily K. Donaldson visits the Mus...
07/26/2023

Join us from 11:30am to 12:30pm on Sunday, July 30 as STEM-supporter Miss United States Lily K. Donaldson visits the Museum for storytime and a special STEM activity for our youngest guests! This exciting opportunity is included in general admission.

Remember—Cleveland and East Cleveland residents receive free general admission every Sunday as part of the Mandel Foundation Community Days.

To reserve tickets:
https://www.cmnh.org/visit

07/26/2023

Have you ever wondered how we keep our otter pond ✨sparkling✨? In addition to monthly maintenance, the Wildlife department also completes a yearly drain and deep clean of the 14,000 gallon tank! Stop by the Wetlands area within Perkins Wildlife Center to say hello to three happy river otters.

Great job, Wildlife Team!

Happy  !This Cecropia moth—a member of the giant silk moth family—is North America’s largest native moth. While its cate...
07/25/2023

Happy !

This Cecropia moth—a member of the giant silk moth family—is North America’s largest native moth. While its caterpillars feed on leaves throughout the summer, the adult moths don’t have mouths! They live up to two weeks as a moth with the sole purpose of locating a mate and laying eggs.

Ready to learn more? On Saturday, August 19, join Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Dr. Nicole Gunter and staff from the Museum's Natural Areas Division on a search for nocturnal insects at Mentor Marsh. By using “light traps”—lights of varying wavelength projected onto sheets—to attract a wide variety of insects, participants will have an opportunity to easily view moths, beetles, and other residents of the meadow and forest habitats. Guests are encouraged to wear dark-colored clothing and bring a flashlight or headlamp to help maneuver through the preserve at night.

https://www.cmnh.org/calendar/moths-and-more-insect-lighting-mentor-marsh

Tiny Giants Family Day is underway!Celebrate the world’s smallest species with the Museum’s new 3D movie, Tiny Giants, p...
07/23/2023

Tiny Giants Family Day is underway!

Celebrate the world’s smallest species with the Museum’s new 3D movie, Tiny Giants, plus conversations with our curators, naturalists, wildlife staff, and educators. Now's the time to shatter misconceptions about the little—and little-noticed—animals that share our world! Today’s programming is included with general admission.

➡️ Cleveland and East Cleveland residents can enjoy free admission to Tiny Giants Family Day as part of the Mandel Foundation Community Days.

https://www.cmnh.org/calendar/tiny-giants-family-day

Little critters ➡️ Big impact Clear your Sunday schedule! Join us tomorrow, July 23, for an all-day celebration of natur...
07/22/2023

Little critters ➡️ Big impact

Clear your Sunday schedule! Join us tomorrow, July 23, for an all-day celebration of nature’s small but extraordinary species. In conjunction with our new 3D movie, Tiny Giants, we invite you to explore the stories and science behind the bitty beasts in our backyards and their enormous importance to our environment. This event will feature opportunities to learn from our curators, naturalists, wildlife staff, educators, and volunteers.

Tiny Giants Family Day is included with general admission:
https://www.cmnh.org/calendar/tiny-giants-family-day

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07/21/2023

Hunt for fossils with our Paleo Team! ⚒️

Saturday, August 5, join the Museum’s Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Dr. Caitlin Colleary, Earth Sciences Collections Assistant Jeb Bugos, and Collections Manager of Earth Sciences Sarah Hennessey at Rocky River Reservation for a discussion about geology, ancient environments, and all things fossils. Take a look at what you might find. ⬇️

To register:
https://www.cmnh.org/calendar/prospecting-in-the-park

Yesterday morning, Meenakshi Sharma, The Museum's Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, was recognized as a 20...
07/21/2023

Yesterday morning, Meenakshi Sharma, The Museum's Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, was recognized as a 2023 Progressive Women Honoree by Smart Business magazine!

The publication’s Smart Women Awards recognize the achievements of leading businesswomen, inspiring advocates, and effective women’s programs throughout our region. Congratulations, Meenakshi! 🎉

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For nearly 100 years, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History has been recognized as a global leader in scientific research. With vast collections containing more than 5 million research specimens and artifacts, it is Ohio’s largest museum devoted to the natural sciences and one of the top natural history museums in the United States. The Museum’s renowned curators conduct world-class research, advancing the frontiers of scientific knowledge by making groundbreaking discoveries and contributing to top peer-reviewed journals and publications.

A cornerstone of the Museum’s mission is science education. The discoveries we make every day enrich and enhance our educational programs for learners of all ages. At the Museum, you’ll have the opportunity to delve deep into the past in our dinosaur hall, discover the outer reaches of the Universe in the Shafran Planetarium, and experience natural wonders in outdoor galleries. Our talented educators help curious minds forge connections with science and nature.

Beyond the Museum campus, we protect almost 11,000 acres through our Natural Areas Program. Each preserve harbors at least one unique natural community, such as hardwood forest, Lake Erie island, fossil dune ridge, marsh, swamp, and/or glacial wetland. Representing the remarkable biological diversity that was once widespread throughout the region, these areas now serve as educational scientific resources.


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🚨 Spots still available!🚨

Saturday, June 10, join Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Zoology Roberta Muehlheim on an early-summer search for aquatic species at the Museum’s Blakeslee/Barrows Preserve! Conneaut Creek—a State Wild and Scenic River—curves through the preserve, lined by tall shale cliffs and virtually pristine floodplain. We’ll enjoy the stunning views and keep an eye out for crayfish as we search the Conneaut for darters, dace, and other native fish. For more information and registration:

https://www.cmnh.org/calendar/darters-in-the-conneaut
FUTURE EXHIBITS IN FOCUS: Are We Part of Nature?

In the transformed Museum, the Biological Processes Wing will pose the question: Are we part of nature?

At the entrance of the gallery, you will encounter a reconstructed ice-age scene featuring key Museum specimens, including a mammoth and a saber-toothed cat. A series of stone tools from our archaeology collection will demonstrate how humans were and are part of their ecosystems.

Get a closer look at this and other exhibits and see the connections between humans and the natural world at CMNHtransformation.org.
Happy ! 🇺🇸

Today, the Museum proudly remembers those who have served. A friendly reminder that we are CLOSED today, but excited to welcome guests tomorrow, May 30, from 10am to 5pm.

🎥: Museum trail camera catches two adult bald eagles & one juvenile visiting our Hubbard Preserve.
This hawk has a side quest for you...
..through Perkins Wildlife Center! Be sure to check our digital kiosks for today's live animal programming. Bonus points if you catch Meep, the red-tailed , during your adventure.

➡️ And remember: Cleveland and East Cleveland residents receive free general admission today, and every Sunday, as part of the Mandel Foundation Community Days.
Have you met the Museums’s newest astronomer? We caught up with Monica in the Shafran Planetarium. 💫

Learn more about The Hue-niverse:
https://www.cmnh.org/visit/exhibits/the-hue-niverse
I don’t walk, I strut. 👑

Comparing the bones of Australopithecus afarensis, aka “Lucy,” to those of two modern relatives—humans and chimpanzees—gives us clues about her locomotion:

🚶‍♀️For a human’s bipedal locomotion to happen, the pelvis must be basin-shaped with thighbones angling inward—putting our knees directly under our center of gravity. Big toes are aligned with the rest of the other digits.

🐒Chimps mostly move “quadrupedally,” or on all fours. Their pelvis must remain long and narrow, with thigh bones and knees in straight alignment from the hips to the ankles. Big toes are elongated and function like a thumb.

Was Lucy a full-time bipedal walker? Most researchers think so. The shape and positioning of her pelvis and knee joints are more human-like than chimp. Plus, Lucy’s knee—one of the first fossils discovered of this species—was able to “lock” and allow her to stand straight-legged. By contrast, the knees of living primates always stay slightly bent. Discover Lucy in Fawick Gallery outside of Murch Auditorium!
How do you affect the planet? In our reimagined Museum, the Ames Family Curiosity Center will explore patterns in biodiversity and investigate how human activity affects ecosystems in Ohio and around the world through a media experience that includes a 360-degree cinematic projection in sync with an interactive table.

Read more about our exciting transformation at CMNHtransformation.org.
Museum conservation is 🔥

The Museum’s Natural Areas team recently performed a controlled burn at one of our most unique preserves—The North Kingsville Sand Barrens. Learn more about Museum stewardship during our Natural Areas trip to the Blakeslee/Barrows Preserve on June 10:

https://www.cmnh.org/calendar/darters-in-the-conneaut
Now showing!📽️

What makes the sky blue on Earth AND Neptune? What creates the hue in Jupiter’s Great Red Spot? Explore the colorful cosmos with Museum astronomers in Shafran Planetarium’s newest program—The Hue-niverse! This new program runs approximately 30 minutes and is included with general admission. Visit our website for weekly showtimes:

https://www.cmnh.org/visit/exhibits/the-hue-niverse
cu·ra·tor (noun): a keeper or custodian of a museum or other collection

Not only do the Museum's renowned curators conduct research around the world, but they also share insights and have one-on-one conversations with Museum visitors! As the Museum reimagines its campus, our curators play a major role in determining exhibits and educational programs.

What recent science news or breakthrough discoveries would you want to chat with our curators about?
We are in the midst of a bold and innovative transformation. With discoveries at every turn, our new Museum will spark curiosity and inspire a passion for lifelong learning.
Need a little lift today? ✈️

We can help! If you haven’t experienced our Birdly virtual flight simulators, yet—what are you waiting for? Cleveland and East Cleveland residents can enjoy FREE admission today, and every Sunday, as part of the Mandel Foundation Community Days.

https://www.cmnh.org/visit
Tag your fave roommate. 🦦

We hope you prioritized a little R&R this morning—preferably with the assistance of a fur-rend. Ready to take on the weekend?

🔦 Saturday, May 20: Join tonight’s curator-led exploration of our Grand River Terraces Preserve!
🦆 Sunday, May 21: Register for the FREE family hike at Mentor Marsh.
🦦All Weekend: Visit Perkins Wildlife Center to meet our newest animal ambassadors.
What happens when you have both dino and bird traits? You get Archaeopteryx.

This little was a historic find for paleontologists. Archaeopteryx lithographica was originally discovered in the Jurassic Solnhofen Limestone of southern Germany. At 150 million years old, Archaeopteryx is a theropod dinosaur that gives us extraordinary insight into early birds and the evolution of flight.

Archaeopteryx Features:
🐦: wings, feathers, reduced fingers, and a furcula (wishbone).
🦖: A full set of teeth, long tail & three claws on each wing.
Check out this morning's celebration of !
"We want to break away from the textbook definition of a natural history museum, where you see specimens in cases organized by discipline: geology, paleontology, et cetera." — Patrick Gallagher, Gallagher & Associates

Our transformation marks the first time a natural history museum has completely reimagined its campus and exhibits to interweave the story of planetary processes with the record of life on Earth. Instead of dividing the collection into halls, your new Museum experience will unfold in two wings, giving you a new way to frame the story of life as we know it!

Photo credit: The Cleveland Press Collection
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