Building Dinosaurs

Event Date: 
February 22, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Please join the GNSI-DC Chapter for a presentation by Michael Holland, Smithsonian Paleontology

Natural history museums are faced with the challenge of fulfilling two obligations which are sometimes in opposition.  First, they function as a repository of specimens which they are tasked with protecting and conserving in perpetuity for the advancement of scientific research.  Second, they function as a key source of distributing knowledge gained through the use of their collections to the public.  Performing both functions simultaneously is especially challenging when the specimens in their care are rare, fragile, and irreplaceable.  Fossils are a key feature of many natural history museums.  While they are among the most popular exhibit features sought by visitors, they are also scientific specimens with considerable conservation needs.

Artist Michael Holland has created exhibit features for a number of natural history museums, including the Museum of the Rockies, the U.C. Berkeley Museum of Paleontology, the Natural History Museum of Utah, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.  He is now at Smithsonian working on the Deep Time exhibition currently under construction.  Michael will discuss the materials, techniques, and knowledge he uses at the intersection of art and science to create skeletal reconstructions of dinosaurs.  Images of various processes will be shown, and he’ll even bring along a current work in progress - a famous and iconic Smithsonian dinosaur that has been on display for over a century - as you’ve never seen him (or her) before!  

Smithsonian Natural History Museum
10th St. & Constitution Ave., Washington, DC.
Room WG-33 (1st Floor, West Wing)

All visitors must wait for an escort in the Constitution Avenue lobby between 5:30 and 6:10 p.m. (about every 15 minutes)

— 5:30 p.m. for snacks and socializing (Please bring a food item to share, or $3.00 for the donation jar.)
— 6:00 p.m. Business and announcements
— 6:10 p.m. (approx.) Presentation begins

If you would like to park in the museum lot, please email Alice Tangerini** The security at the museum has been increased and you will need to be on Alice's list to park at or after 5:30pm. 

** Email Alice Tangerini ([email protected] ) if you have any questions. Also print out this notice and bring it with you!

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Event Type: 
Michael Holland Hadrosaur
Building Dinosaurs with Michael Holland