National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
2nd Floor, West Floor Plan
FossiLab is a real fossil preparation laboratory. Preparing and maintaining all the fossils in our collection is a big job—especially with the renovation of the National Fossil Hall in progress. Watch through the lab's windows as museum staff and volunteers unpack new fossil shipments from the field, remove fossils from rock and loose sediment, repair and conserve fossils as they come off exhibit, photograph and illustrate fossils, and perform many other fossil preparation and conservation tasks. We welcome visitor's questions and love to talk about what we are doing.