National Museum of Natural History Celebrates National Fossil Day

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will partner with the National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute to celebrate the third annual National Fossil Day Oct. 17.

The museum aims to raise public awareness of the importance of fossils as scientific and educational tools and highlight the critical need for fossils to be preserved for future generations. To achieve this goal, the museum is opening six different activity stations in the fossil halls on the first floor. This free celebration is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with related events taking place outdoors on the National Mall.

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