February 2015

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Holiday Hours
Open Presidents Day


Dinosaurs in Their Time
Permanent Exhibition
First Floor

Dinosaurs in Their Time

Dinosaurs in Their Time is the first permanent exhibition in the world to feature scientifically accurate, immersive environments spanning the Mesozoic Era—the Age of Dinosaurs—arranged chronologically and filled with actively posed original fossil specimens. See dinosaurs like they haven’t been seen in 66 million years!

The historic, century-old Dinosaur Hall was closed in Spring 2005 for over two years of renovation and construction, resulting in the spectacular exhibition Dinosaurs in Their Time. The renovated and expanded exhibition illustrates the incredible diversity of life in the Mesozoic Era, placing the dinosaurs in dramatic, scientifically accurate poses amidst the hundreds of plant and animal species that shared their environments.
Click here for more information about the exhibition. 

Free with admission to Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Special Exhibitions

Time Machines: Watches from the H.J. Heinz Collection
January 31—June 1
Wertz Gallery

Time Machines: Watches from the H.J. Heinz Collection

Showcasing more than 20 of ketchup magnate H. J. Heinz’s most spectacular time pieces, Time Machines: Watches from the H.J. Heinz Collection, turns back the hands of time with such beauties as a gold mechanical “repeating watch” with figures that strike the hour, an example of clock-making technology that dates to the 17th century. Other rarities include a watch once owned by British naval hero Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson and a music box watch adorned with a feathered bird.

Time Machines is a repeat presentation of the extremely popular exhibition that appeared in Wertz Gallery in the summer of 2008.

Free with admission to Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Film + Video

Film: Forgotten Genius
Sundays in February, 2 p.m.

Film: Forgotten Genius

African-American chemist Percy Julian became one of the great scientists of the 20th century 

In celebration of Black History Month, Carnegie Museum of Natural History shows the NOVA documentary Forgotten Genius, which tells the story of African American chemist Percy Julian, grandson of Alabama slaves, who against tremendous and persistent odds, became one of the great scientists of the 20th century. Through historical photographs, the dramatized recreation of critical scenes, and interviews with research chemists, the documentary presents Percy Julian as a man of genius, devotion, and determination whose ambition was repeatedly thwarted by bigotry and racism.

Forgotten Genius also documents the critical role plants as common as the soy bean have played in research chemistry, including Percy Julian’s success in synthesizing chemical compounds initially isolated from plant tissue.

Running time: approximately 2 hours, plus a 10-minute intermission

For more information about the life and accomplishments of Percy Julian, please visit The Life and Science of Percy Julian, a website created and maintained by The Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Photo copyright DePauw University Archives and Special Collections. Used with permission.

Free with admission to Carnegie Museum of Natural History