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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Losing Paradise exhibit illustration by Kim Silene
African elephant

African Elephant

Exhibit: Permanent
Opening September 4, 2015

Our iconic African Elephant is closed and undergoing a remake that will open to the public on September 4th. The new setting will explore the evolution of elephants from their earliest predecessors to the three modern-day species. Learn about elephant behavior and the threats facing elephants today. Discover the long-hidden compass on our rotunda floor revealed by the latest remake.

Dinosaurs/Hall of Paleobiology

The National Fossil Hall


Please note that the National Fossil Hall is currently closed for renovation. A brand new hall will open to the public in 2019. Dinosaurs are currently on view in the museum on the first floor via The Rex Room, which is on display through October 20, 2014. A new dinosaur exhibit The Last American Dinosaurs will open to the public on the second floor in the Fall of 2014.

For more information about the National Fossil Hall renovations or our current or upcoming dinosaur exhibits, please visit

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