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The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human?

The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human?

March 17, 2010 – Permanent

Museum: Natural History Museum

Location: 1st Floor, Northwest Wing (Halls 11 & 12)

This major exhibition hall focuses on the story of human origins and probes the ecological and genetic connections that human beings have had with the natural world over time. It examines the shared framework of humankind—the biological and cultural history we all share—as well as the differences that exist and preoccupy us today.

Highlights include:

  • An amphitheater show featuring One Species Living Worldwide
  • "Changing the World," a special gallery where visitors can address pressing questions and issues surrounding climate change and humans' impact on the Earth
  • Interactive snapshots in time using the actual field site where research is being conducted
  • An interactive human family tree showcasing 6 million years of evolutionary evidence from around the world
  • A time tunnel depicting life and environments over the past 6 million years

Related catalogue: What Does It Mean To Be Human, by Rick Potts: $24.95 (paper)

Related mobile app for iPhone and Android: MEanderthal

The museum marked its 100th anniversary on the National Mall with the opening of this new exhibition hall on the same date when the museum opened to the public: March 17, 1910.

Online Exhibition