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Kenneth E. Behring Hall of Mammals
New Exhibit Under Construction!

Mammal Hall Renovation

California businessman Kenneth E. Behring pledged $20 million to renovate the Museum's Rotunda and Mammal Hall and fund an outreach program. Many specimens needed repair, and both the science and exhibits were many decades old. Today, our naturalistic African elephant diorama invites visitors to explore the Rotunda. In the fall of 2003, a dynamic new mammal hall will open.
African elephant diorama
African elephant diorama
Mammal Hall before renovation
Mammal Hall before renovation

The NEW  Mammal Hall

After visitors are welcomed to the mammal reunion, they meet some surprising relatives - past and present. State-of-the-art dioramas will tell the fascinating story of how mammals evolved and adapted to changes in habitat and climate over millions of years. Contemporary scholarship, hands-on activities, and dynamic displays will create a magical museum experience.

Work in progress

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National Museum of Natural History Division of Mammals
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