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I don't see any timelines...? Are they going to have to raise all the money before they get started (cuz it's going to be tough in this climate)?

Im guessing so, when i went yesterday it had little donation booths about the museum's second century , and i'm pretty sure the donation booth had a picture of the duncan family wing.

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Here's some information on the progress of the Duncan Family Wing, which is expected to open next summer. This was all posted on the official HMNS blog, by blogger Susana (http://blog.hmns.org/?tag=susanna) who provides updates on the wing's construction.

The wing topped out (at about 74 feet) in March.

Here's an image of the state of the construction as of May 2011, posted by Susana on June 8, 2011:

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And, here's a time-lapse video of the wing's construction between September 2010 and May 2011:

I didn't see this mentioned anywhere else, so I'll say that I just read that this wing is supposed to house one of the (if not the) largest collection of T-Rexes in the world. The entire paleontology hall is supposed to be nearly 35,000 square feet. For comparison, the LA Natural History Museum's new paleontology wing - which will open on July 16 - is about 14,000 square feet.

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Pics I took while on a bike ride today:

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IMAG0127 by dv1033, on Flickr

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IMAG0136 by dv1033, on Flickr

It's not groundbreaking or interesting by any means but it really "fits" in.

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i guess such a limited/narrow floorplate required a utilitarian design. nice that it fits in!

I ride my bike around here quite a bit and utilitarian is a good word to describe it. Once this thing is complete, unless you knew the expansion happened, you would probably assume the HMNS has always been this big.

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( I thought we had an existing thread of the HMNS expansion, but I couldn't find it )

AP put out a story this morning on our new dino exhibit and it's been picked up by NPR, Washington Post, Bloomberg, etc.

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I've mostly been dissapointed with HMNS and their seasonal/traveling exhibits the past decade. They've all seemed kinda of bush-league and put together on a shoe string budget. The content itself, whether is the mummy, bodyworlds, whatever has been great, but I've always felt like HMNS hasn't been up to the task of displaying these exhibits in a manner worthy of the content.

Sound like $85 million has done the trick. This exhibit is now being hailed in some places as the the best in the country and has artifacts no place else has.. such as triceratops skin. Looking forward to the opening in a few weeks.

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I was wondering if the HMNS expansion is open yet. All the things online say "Summer 2012", but I can't find anything on any "grand opening" events or whatever, so its either to be announced shortly or delayed indefinitely. If it is the latter, too bad--would've made a great day trip.

Anyone know for certain?

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I think the postcard i got said June 1. That may have been for member previews, though, but it should certainly be in the upcoming weeks.

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We're putting the final touches on our world-class paleontology hall - the length of a football field, it's one of the most dynamic paleo halls in the world. It's a whole new HMNS: 30,000 square feet of pure paleontological wonder will be baring its fangs on June 2.

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Since no one else has commented:  This is a world class exhibit!  And the new Egyptian Hall is also world class - though one hopes that the Boston Museum of Fine Arts doesn't come calling for the pieces on loan to the museum any time soon.  To have such a phenomenal display of prehistoric fossils is wonderful, and the sheer amount of them is mind boggling.  Props to HMNS and the Duncan family.

 

Architecturally it isn't a world renowned design.  It works, though the entry through and around the existing exhibit hall is clunky and a tad confusing.  I hope that the HMNS works hard to establish a more coherant plan through their old exhibits and eventually renovate the main exhibit hall (where the dinosaur's were housed before).

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I finally was able to check out the new halls the other week and was blown away. The Egyptian hall is insane (I wasn't expecting so many mummies) and the paleontology hall also blew my mind. I loved the evolution part where it shows our family tree. I always liked the HMNS, but the new exhibits are definitely "tourist worthy" and put the HMNS on a whole new level.

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I always kind of liked the third (I think it's the third?) level with the early American stuff, but mostly because it was pretty quiet (at least compared to the more hectic lower levels). When visiting, it's never been very busy (if not completely deserted) due to its semi-isolated location. I picked up a map of the newly expanded museum this last past August but didn't go in (I wanted to see the tunnels downtown, and as much as some of you despise them, I had a blast)

Still had fun tooling in and around the entryway hall (gift shop, the marble globe outside, the preview for the planetarium, etc.) though!

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I went to the museum last week and saw the new paleontology and Egyptian exhibits for the first time. The paleontology hall in particular is incredible - I remember it was a really big deal when they originally installed the diplodocus years ago, now in addition to that, they've got *three* T. Rexes and a superlative triceratops. Also a really impressive array of trilobites that were apparently amassed over a number of years by a private collector and then donated. 

 

When I was a kid I was fascinated with paleontology to the point of wanting to be a paleontologist when I grew up; if something like this had been around back then, I would have thought I'd died and gone to heaven. 

 

The Chemistry Hall on the lower level is due to reopen in the next week or so after a renovation. Be interesting to see what they've done down there. 

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I have not been to the place but I have read something about it. Actually, Cabinet of Curiosities is not the only work of arts that will make you really interested to see. You will be able to explore and discover arts across time periods and cultures. I guess, there are 65,000 beautiful work of arts there.

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1 hour ago, Naviguessor said:

Houston Museum of Natural Science.  It's located in Houston.  Museum District. 

Thanks for clarifying that for me !  I've been there so many times as a kid.  I'll have to go back and visit when I'm in town.  I know there is tons to see that has changed in the last few decades.

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interesting report. Thanks for sharing. It looks like it slipped down to 9th. They were up in the top five a couple of years ago. 

Its really a nice little jewel, and I especially enjoy the mineral collection. I could look at them all day.

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1 hour ago, bobruss said:

interesting report. Thanks for sharing. It looks like it slipped down to 9th. They were up in the top five a couple of years ago. 

Its really a nice little jewel, and I especially enjoy the mineral collection. I could look at them all day.

 

I think the "top 5" ranking may have been achieved by counting the Smithsonian institutions as one.

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On 3/10/2018 at 7:15 PM, BeerNut said:

Finally got around to checking this out.  Definitely worth the visit.  

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"Ok, kids...now whatever you do..DON'T TOUCH the button that activates the drill...."

"Jimmy??  Jimmy!?!  JIMMY DON'T TOUCH THAT BUTTON!!!"  NOOOO.....

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