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The Haaga Family Rotunda in the Museum's newly reopened 1913 Building is home to two engaging new installations: What on Earth? and Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Work of Charles R. Knight.

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What sets mammals apart from other classes of animals? Are there mammals other than the duck-billed platypus (on view in What on Earth?) that lay eggs? Visit our Mammalogy Department's FAQs page to find out more.

 
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The ground floor of the Haaga Family Rotunda is the perfect setting for the interactive new installation now on view there, the playful and curiosity-driven What on Earth? Strolling through the rotunda’s majestic interior, you’ll weave in and out of the rotunda’s stately columns and find yourself moving between display cases that house a fascinating group of specimens and objects. And you may very well wonder: What on Earth?

This fun and engaging installation offers Museum visitors close-up views of the objects on display, mounted and beautifully lit. A single question is posed alongside each object. Answers, and more questions, await as you walk around to the opposite side of each display case. Not a typical museum viewing experience — it’s more of a playful dialogue.

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The ground floor of the Haaga Family Rotunda is the perfect setting for the interactive new installation now on view there, the playful and curiosity-driven What on Earth? Strolling through the rotunda’s majestic interior, you’ll weave in and out of the rotunda’s stately columns and find yourself moving between display cases that house a fascinating group of specimens and objects. And you may very well wonder: What on Earth?

This fun and engaging installation offers Museum visitors close-up views of the objects on display, mounted and beautifully lit. A single question is posed alongside each object. Answers, and more questions, await as you walk around to the opposite side of each display case. Not a typical museum viewing experience — it’s more of a playful dialogue.

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Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight

Charles Knight was an influential painter who used his brush to bring extinct animals and their environments to life for modern audiences. He worked closely with scientists in order to make his vibrant imagery of prehistoric flora and fauna adhere to scientific knowledge in the middle of the 20th century.

So how does his work hold up now that we’re in the 21st century, more than 50 years later? Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight looks at Knight’s iconic paintings — 16 in all, including  a woolly mammoth, brontosaurus, and pteranodon (an enormous flying reptile that lived approximately 80 million years ago) — in light of current understanding. Seven of the Museum's scientists provide commentary to accompany Knight's paintings in this exhibit, placing his work into the context of modern scholarship.

This installation, which mixes art, history and science, resides on the rotunda’s second floor, which was initially designed to showcase art when the 1913 Building was constructed nearly 100 years ago.

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Charles Knight was an influential painter who used his brush to bring extinct animals and their environments to life for modern audiences. He worked closely with scientists in order to make his vibrant imagery of prehistoric flora and fauna adhere to scientific knowledge in the middle of the 20th century.

So how does his work hold up now that we’re in the 21st century, more than 50 years later? Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight looks at Knight’s iconic paintings — 16 in all, including  a woolly mammoth, brontosaurus, and pteranodon (an enormous flying reptile that lived approximately 80 million years ago) — in light of current understanding. Seven of the Museum's scientists provide commentary to accompany Knight's paintings in this exhibit, placing his work into the context of modern scholarship.

This installation, which mixes art, history and science, resides on the rotunda’s second floor, which was initially designed to showcase art when the 1913 Building was constructed nearly 100 years ago.

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The ground floor of the Haaga Family Rotunda is the perfect setting for the interactive new installation now on view there, the playful and curiosity-driven What on Earth? Strolling through the rotunda’s majestic interior, you’ll weave in and out of the rotunda’s stately columns and find yourself moving between display cases that house a fascinating group of specimens and objects. And you may very well wonder: What on Earth?

This fun and engaging installation offers Museum visitors close-up views of the objects on display, mounted and beautifully lit. A single question is posed alongside each object. Answers, and more questions, await as you walk around to the opposite side of each display case. Not a typical museum viewing experience — it’s more of a playful dialogue.

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The ground floor of the Haaga Family Rotunda is the perfect setting for the interactive new installation now on view there, the playful and curiosity-driven What on Earth? Strolling through the rotunda’s majestic interior, you’ll weave in and out of the rotunda’s stately columns and find yourself moving between display cases that house a fascinating group of specimens and objects. And you may very well wonder: What on Earth?

This fun and engaging installation offers Museum visitors close-up views of the objects on display, mounted and beautifully lit. A single question is posed alongside each object. Answers, and more questions, await as you walk around to the opposite side of each display case. Not a typical museum viewing experience — it’s more of a playful dialogue.

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Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight

Charles Knight was an influential painter who used his brush to bring extinct animals and their environments to life for modern audiences. He worked closely with scientists in order to make his vibrant imagery of prehistoric flora and fauna adhere to scientific knowledge in the middle of the 20th century.

So how does his work hold up now that we’re in the 21st century, more than 50 years later? Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight looks at Knight’s iconic paintings — 16 in all, including  a woolly mammoth, brontosaurus, and pteranodon (an enormous flying reptile that lived approximately 80 million years ago) — in light of current understanding. Seven of the Museum's scientists provide commentary to accompany Knight's paintings in this exhibit, placing his work into the context of modern scholarship.

This installation, which mixes art, history and science, resides on the rotunda’s second floor, which was initially designed to showcase art when the 1913 Building was constructed nearly 100 years ago.

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Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight

Charles Knight was an influential painter who used his brush to bring extinct animals and their environments to life for modern audiences. He worked closely with scientists in order to make his vibrant imagery of prehistoric flora and fauna adhere to scientific knowledge in the middle of the 20th century.

So how does his work hold up now that we’re in the 21st century, more than 50 years later? Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight looks at Knight’s iconic paintings — 16 in all, including  a woolly mammoth, brontosaurus, and pteranodon (an enormous flying reptile that lived approximately 80 million years ago) — in light of current understanding. Seven of the Museum's scientists provide commentary to accompany Knight's paintings in this exhibit, placing his work into the context of modern scholarship.

This installation, which mixes art, history and science, resides on the rotunda’s second floor, which was initially designed to showcase art when the 1913 Building was constructed nearly 100 years ago.

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The ground floor of the Haaga Family Rotunda is the perfect setting for the interactive new installation now on view there, the playful and curiosity-driven What on Earth? Strolling through the rotunda’s majestic interior, you’ll weave in and out of the rotunda’s stately columns and find yourself moving between display cases that house a fascinating group of specimens and objects. And you may very well wonder: What on Earth?

This fun and engaging installation offers Museum visitors close-up views of the objects on display, mounted and beautifully lit. A single question is posed alongside each object. Answers, and more questions, await as you walk around to the opposite side of each display case. Not a typical museum viewing experience — it’s more of a playful dialogue.

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The ground floor of the Haaga Family Rotunda is the perfect setting for the interactive new installation now on view there, the playful and curiosity-driven What on Earth? Strolling through the rotunda’s majestic interior, you’ll weave in and out of the rotunda’s stately columns and find yourself moving between display cases that house a fascinating group of specimens and objects. And you may very well wonder: What on Earth?

This fun and engaging installation offers Museum visitors close-up views of the objects on display, mounted and beautifully lit. A single question is posed alongside each object. Answers, and more questions, await as you walk around to the opposite side of each display case. Not a typical museum viewing experience — it’s more of a playful dialogue.

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Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight

Charles Knight was an influential painter who used his brush to bring extinct animals and their environments to life for modern audiences. He worked closely with scientists in order to make his vibrant imagery of prehistoric flora and fauna adhere to scientific knowledge in the middle of the 20th century.

So how does his work hold up now that we’re in the 21st century, more than 50 years later? Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight looks at Knight’s iconic paintings — 16 in all, including  a woolly mammoth, brontosaurus, and pteranodon (an enormous flying reptile that lived approximately 80 million years ago) — in light of current understanding. Seven of the Museum's scientists provide commentary to accompany Knight's paintings in this exhibit, placing his work into the context of modern scholarship.

This installation, which mixes art, history and science, resides on the rotunda’s second floor, which was initially designed to showcase art when the 1913 Building was constructed nearly 100 years ago.

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The ground floor of the Haaga Family Rotunda is the perfect setting for the interactive new installation now on view there, the playful and curiosity-driven What on Earth? Strolling through the rotunda’s majestic interior, you’ll weave in and out of the rotunda’s stately columns and find yourself moving between display cases that house a fascinating group of specimens and objects. And you may very well wonder: What on Earth?

This fun and engaging installation offers Museum visitors close-up views of the objects on display, mounted and beautifully lit. A single question is posed alongside each object. Answers, and more questions, await as you walk around to the opposite side of each display case. Not a typical museum viewing experience — it’s more of a playful dialogue.

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The ground floor of the Haaga Family Rotunda is the perfect setting for the interactive new installation now on view there, the playful and curiosity-driven What on Earth? Strolling through the rotunda’s majestic interior, you’ll weave in and out of the rotunda’s stately columns and find yourself moving between display cases that house a fascinating group of specimens and objects. And you may very well wonder: What on Earth?

This fun and engaging installation offers Museum visitors close-up views of the objects on display, mounted and beautifully lit. A single question is posed alongside each object. Answers, and more questions, await as you walk around to the opposite side of each display case. Not a typical museum viewing experience — it’s more of a playful dialogue.

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Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight

Charles Knight was an influential painter who used his brush to bring extinct animals and their environments to life for modern audiences. He worked closely with scientists in order to make his vibrant imagery of prehistoric flora and fauna adhere to scientific knowledge in the middle of the 20th century.

So how does his work hold up now that we’re in the 21st century, more than 50 years later? Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight looks at Knight’s iconic paintings — 16 in all, including  a woolly mammoth, brontosaurus, and pteranodon (an enormous flying reptile that lived approximately 80 million years ago) — in light of current understanding. Seven of the Museum's scientists provide commentary to accompany Knight's paintings in this exhibit, placing his work into the context of modern scholarship.

This installation, which mixes art, history and science, resides on the rotunda’s second floor, which was initially designed to showcase art when the 1913 Building was constructed nearly 100 years ago.

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The ground floor of the Haaga Family Rotunda is the perfect setting for the interactive new installation now on view there, the playful and curiosity-driven What on Earth? Strolling through the rotunda’s majestic interior, you’ll weave in and out of the rotunda’s stately columns and find yourself moving between display cases that house a fascinating group of specimens and objects. And you may very well wonder: What on Earth?

This fun and engaging installation offers Museum visitors close-up views of the objects on display, mounted and beautifully lit. A single question is posed alongside each object. Answers, and more questions, await as you walk around to the opposite side of each display case. Not a typical museum viewing experience — it’s more of a playful dialogue.

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The ground floor of the Haaga Family Rotunda is the perfect setting for the interactive new installation now on view there, the playful and curiosity-driven What on Earth? Strolling through the rotunda’s majestic interior, you’ll weave in and out of the rotunda’s stately columns and find yourself moving between display cases that house a fascinating group of specimens and objects. And you may very well wonder: What on Earth?

This fun and engaging installation offers Museum visitors close-up views of the objects on display, mounted and beautifully lit. A single question is posed alongside each object. Answers, and more questions, await as you walk around to the opposite side of each display case. Not a typical museum viewing experience — it’s more of a playful dialogue.

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Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight

Charles Knight was an influential painter who used his brush to bring extinct animals and their environments to life for modern audiences. He worked closely with scientists in order to make his vibrant imagery of prehistoric flora and fauna adhere to scientific knowledge in the middle of the 20th century.

So how does his work hold up now that we’re in the 21st century, more than 50 years later? Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight looks at Knight’s iconic paintings — 16 in all, including  a woolly mammoth, brontosaurus, and pteranodon (an enormous flying reptile that lived approximately 80 million years ago) — in light of current understanding. Seven of the Museum's scientists provide commentary to accompany Knight's paintings in this exhibit, placing his work into the context of modern scholarship.

This installation, which mixes art, history and science, resides on the rotunda’s second floor, which was initially designed to showcase art when the 1913 Building was constructed nearly 100 years ago.

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The ground floor of the Haaga Family Rotunda is the perfect setting for the interactive new installation now on view there, the playful and curiosity-driven What on Earth? Strolling through the rotunda’s majestic interior, you’ll weave in and out of the rotunda’s stately columns and find yourself moving between display cases that house a fascinating group of specimens and objects. And you may very well wonder: What on Earth?

This fun and engaging installation offers Museum visitors close-up views of the objects on display, mounted and beautifully lit. A single question is posed alongside each object. Answers, and more questions, await as you walk around to the opposite side of each display case. Not a typical museum viewing experience — it’s more of a playful dialogue.

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The ground floor of the Haaga Family Rotunda is the perfect setting for the interactive new installation now on view there, the playful and curiosity-driven What on Earth? Strolling through the rotunda’s majestic interior, you’ll weave in and out of the rotunda’s stately columns and find yourself moving between display cases that house a fascinating group of specimens and objects. And you may very well wonder: What on Earth?

This fun and engaging installation offers Museum visitors close-up views of the objects on display, mounted and beautifully lit. A single question is posed alongside each object. Answers, and more questions, await as you walk around to the opposite side of each display case. Not a typical museum viewing experience — it’s more of a playful dialogue.

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Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight

Charles Knight was an influential painter who used his brush to bring extinct animals and their environments to life for modern audiences. He worked closely with scientists in order to make his vibrant imagery of prehistoric flora and fauna adhere to scientific knowledge in the middle of the 20th century.

So how does his work hold up now that we’re in the 21st century, more than 50 years later? Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight looks at Knight’s iconic paintings — 16 in all, including  a woolly mammoth, brontosaurus, and pteranodon (an enormous flying reptile that lived approximately 80 million years ago) — in light of current understanding. Seven of the Museum's scientists provide commentary to accompany Knight's paintings in this exhibit, placing his work into the context of modern scholarship.

This installation, which mixes art, history and science, resides on the rotunda’s second floor, which was initially designed to showcase art when the 1913 Building was constructed nearly 100 years ago.

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<p>The Haaga Family Rotunda in the Museum's newly reopened 1913 Building is home to two engaging new installations: <em>What on Earth? </em>and<em> Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Work of Charles R. Knight</em>.</p>
<p>The Haaga Family Rotunda in the Museum's newly reopened 1913 Building is home to two engaging new installations: <em>What on Earth? </em>and<em> Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Work of Charles R. Knight</em>.</p>
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Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight

Charles Knight was an influential painter who used his brush to bring extinct animals and their environments to life for modern audiences. He worked closely with scientists in order to make his vibrant imagery of prehistoric flora and fauna adhere to scientific knowledge in the middle of the 20th century.

So how does his work hold up now that we’re in the 21st century, more than 50 years later? Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight looks at Knight’s iconic paintings — 16 in all, including  a woolly mammoth, brontosaurus, and pteranodon (an enormous flying reptile that lived approximately 80 million years ago) — in light of current understanding. Seven of the Museum's scientists provide commentary to accompany Knight's paintings in this exhibit, placing his work into the context of modern scholarship.

This installation, which mixes art, history and science, resides on the rotunda’s second floor, which was initially designed to showcase art when the 1913 Building was constructed nearly 100 years ago.