Official Guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 2004

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With more than 124 million specimens, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History houses one of the world's most important collections of natural history artifacts. This lavishly illustrated guidebook offers a beautiful tour and souvenir of the exciting collections.

Starting with the history of the museum and a peek behind the scenes, readers then enter the museum through the Rotunda, where they are greeted by the famous elephant diorama—the world's largest mounted ...

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Overview

With more than 124 million specimens, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History houses one of the world's most important collections of natural history artifacts. This lavishly illustrated guidebook offers a beautiful tour and souvenir of the exciting collections.

Starting with the history of the museum and a peek behind the scenes, readers then enter the museum through the Rotunda, where they are greeted by the famous elephant diorama—the world's largest mounted specimen of this enormous mammal. The tour continues into the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals, home to the legendary Hope Diamond. The Fossils section traces the history of life on earth, from the earliest organisms to the great diversity of plants and animals in the modern world. Biology features living species, including the incredible array of furry creatures in the brand new Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals. The Anthropology section examines human evolution, exploring cultures from all over the globe. The book's final section is devoted to experiences beyond the museum galleries—the IMAX theater, Jazz Café, and naturalist center in Leesburg, Virginia, where visitors get hands-on experience doing scientific research. This sturdy, flexibound guide also includes phone numbers, directions, hours, and all the other essential information needed to ensure a rewarding visit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588341099
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/2004
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 7.29 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION is the largest museum complex in the world, and its National Museum of Natural History has nearly 8 million visits annually.

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Table of Contents

Welcome to the Museum 1
National Museum of Natural History: Where Wonders Never Cease 5
The Architecture of Excellence 7
Once Upon a Museum 9
Building the Collections 11
Spencer Fullerton Baird: The Passionate Collector 13
Outgrowing the Attic 14
Collecting for the Future 15
Learning from the Collections 16
Why Do We Need So Many Beetles? 18
The Museum Today 19
The Online Museum 20
Behind the Scenes 21
Wonders to Come 23
For Openers
The Kenneth E. Behring Family Rotunda 27
Constitution Avenue Lobby 29
Olmec Colossal Head 31
The Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals 33
The Hope Diamond 35
The Harry Winston Gallery 36
The National Gem Collection 38
Minerals and Gems Gallery 40
Mine Gallery 46
Rocks Gallery 48
Plate Tectonics Gallery 52
Moon, Meteorites, and Solar System Gallery 58
Fossils: The History of Life
The Earliest Traces of Life 64
Grand Opening: Fossils Galore 67
Life in the Ancient Seas 68
Conquest of Land 72
Reptiles: Masters of Land 75
Triceratops 79
FossiLab 80
Mammals in the Limelight 81
Ice Age Mammals 84
Biology Halls
O. Orkin Insect Zoo 91
The Smithsonian Butterlly Garden 96
Bones 97
Two Ocean Giants 101
Reptiles and Amphibians 102
Birds of the District of Columbia 104
Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals 105
Meet One of Your Oldest Relatives 106
Anthropology Halls
Emergence of Man 123
African Voices 125
Asian Cultures 132
Sikh Heritage Gallery 134
Pacific Cultures 135
Native Cultures of the Americas 137
South America: Continent and Culture 140
Origins of Western Cultures 144
The Iceman 146
Other Things to Do
Johnson IMAX Theater 153
Forces of Change 154
Naturalist Center 155
Photo Credits 157
General Information 158
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