Unveiling of NMNH Fossil Halls

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The dinosaurs are unveiled in the new National Museum of Natural History fossil halls. They had been shrouded in plastic for almost three years while work was done on the halls to rearrange the exhibits for better viewing, addition of new textual information, and integration with other displays. New attractions, including a model of a pterosaur, were also unveiled.


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Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 3, "The Torch," December 1981, p. 1.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1982. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983, p. 91.

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December 4, 1981


  • Dinosaurs
  • Architecture
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Exhibitions
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction

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