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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
WASHINGTON D.C.

During the spring of 1998 my eighth grade class took a week-long trip to the capital of the United States, Washington D.C. In addition to seeing such common sites as the Capitol, White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Ford's Theatre, we also took a trip to the Smithsonian Museum Campus. During our brief time on the campus we visited three museums: The National Air and Space Museum, the Museum of American History, and my favorite: the National Museum of Natural History.

Although the Smithsonian's dinosaur hall is now somewhat small and definitely needs renovations, the museum was rewarding to say the least. While today the Smithsonian's National Museum is not mentioned in the same breath as the American Museum in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago, the National Museum of Natural History played a crucial part in the early history of paleontology. Perhaps the museum's greatest contribution to the field was the discovery of the Burgess Shale Fauna, a discovery that was recently named the paleontological find of the century by an international panel of paleontologists.

Unfortunately, because of the fact that we were trying to fit in as much as we could in a single week, I was only allowed 45 minutes at the National Museum. Also, I only had a small 35 millimeter camera without a zoom lens. So, several of my photos are not only rushed, but not as good as they could have been with the proper size and zoom. But, enjoy nonetheless.


DINOSAURS

Camarasaurus-Diplodocus Skulls

Diplodocus/Triceratops

Edmontosaurus

Stegosaurus


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