Hall of Extinct Monsters, National Museum of Natural History, 1930s

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View of the Vertebrate Paleontology Hall, also known as Dinosaur Hall, in the United States National Museum's (USNM) Natural History Building (NHB), now the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). At the time of this picture the exhibit of fossil animals was called the "Hall of Extinct Monsters". Several dinosaur skeletons and other fossil animals are on exhibit and a mural of "Diana of the Tides" can be seen on the rear wall.


  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History. (U.S.) Division of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Hall of Extinct Monsters
  • Natural History Building
  • Paleontology Hall
  • Natural History Building Central Hall
  • Dinosaur Hall (Exhibition)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • For 1913 views see Neg. #s 2005-3000, 2005-2999 and 97-3049.
  • Note on photograph refers to Gazin [C. Lewis (Charles Lewis) Gazin] who in 1932 became a curator in the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology at USNM.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 44A, Folder: 14

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


c. 1930

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  • Dinosaurs
  • Art
  • Paleontology, Vertebrate
  • Mural painting and decoration
  • Specimens
  • Exhibitions
  • Hall of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Paleontology
  • Paleontology Exhibit
  • Diana (Roman deity)
  • Art objects
  • Diana of the Tides
  • Painting


  • Photographic print
  • Exhibit

ID Number

33835-C or MNH-33835C

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print

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