From the discovery of the Burgess Shale in 1909 to the launching of the Encyclopedia of Life, the National Museum of Natural History has been engaged in collecting, preserving, and studying the record of life on Earth as well as the Earth itself. Travel along the NMNH timeline to watch the building being built, see when our most famous objects arrived, follow NMNH scientists into the field, see how exhibits have changed in 100 years, and meet some of the people who guided the Museum’s development. Learn about our research in anthropology, botany, mineral sciences, paleontology, and zoology. It’s been a busy 100 years of collecting, exhibits, public programs, research, and welcoming over 290 million visitors!
Drag the cursor over the timeline or use the bottom bar to move along the timeline. Click on an individual event to find more information and images. Use the grey vertical bar on the right-hand side to view addtional entries along the timeline.
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