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Behind the Scenes
Meet the Scientists in their Natural Habitat
With 1.5 million objects in our collections, only a fraction are on display. But each year, for two days only, we invite visitors Behind the Scenes. Meet the scientists who manage and study our collections and get an insider’s view into the entire Museum.
- Get access to a huge room filled with fossils, including the recently announced pig-snouted turtle. Meet our world-renowned paleontologists.
- Explore the Museum’s considerable anthropology collections with our archaeologists. Objects date from 11,500 BC to present day and are instrumental to our understanding of the human history of western North America.
- See our extensive biology collections, with drawers filled with insects (including spectacular butterflies) and a wide array of plants and animals.
Strollers are not permitted in the collections area—stroller parking will be provided
Museum admission required
Doors to collections areas close at 4:30 p.m.
Thank you to our Presenting Partner, American Express