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Smithsonian’s dinosaur hall to close April 28 for five-year renovation
Washington Post ^ | January 17, 2014 | J. Freedom Du Lac

Posted on 01/18/2014 7:39:24 AM PST by OddLane

More than 65 million years after they went extinct, dinosaurs are about to disappear again — at least from public view in Washington.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History said Friday that its high-traffic dinosaur hall will close April 28 for a previously announced $48 million makeover. Most of the popular specimens won’t reappear until 2019, when the Fossil Hall at the world’s second-most-visited museum is reopened.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: dinosaurs; godsgravesglyphs; paleontology; smithsonian

1 posted on 01/18/2014 7:39:24 AM PST by OddLane
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To: OddLane

Smithsonian’s dinosaur hall to close April 28 and won’t open until Americans accept a 50% tax increase.


2 posted on 01/18/2014 7:40:29 AM PST by DManA
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To: OddLane

I hear the Helen Thomas exhibit is supposed to be spectacular once it re-opens.


3 posted on 01/18/2014 7:41:31 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: OddLane

Perhaps a few RINO Republican wax figures should be added.


4 posted on 01/18/2014 7:41:47 AM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: DManA

My thought too. Another mini government shutdown.


5 posted on 01/18/2014 7:42:00 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where are Holder's "po folks" getting the I.D.s to sign up for ObamaCare?)
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To: OddLane

6 posted on 01/18/2014 7:43:37 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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7 posted on 01/18/2014 7:47:06 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: OddLane
Five years?

That's the government for ya!!

8 posted on 01/18/2014 7:52:12 AM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: jeffc

Don’t worry , it will take longer and cost more.


9 posted on 01/18/2014 7:55:33 AM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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To: OddLane

At the rate we’re going under comrade Obama, in 5 years AMERICA may be extinct.


10 posted on 01/18/2014 7:56:23 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: jeffc

They can change the reactor vessels in a Nimitz class in three years.


11 posted on 01/18/2014 7:56:47 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (In the long run, we are all dead.)
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To: OddLane

During which, EVERY dinosaur we’ve ever heard about will be renamed to a more pleasant sounding, non-violent name. Additionally, we will all be treated to NEW government-sponsored research that the dinosaurs were all vegetarian and any meat-eating aspects about them can be attributed to rabid, right-wing purported ‘scholars.’


12 posted on 01/18/2014 7:59:15 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: OddLane
But the dinosaur experience, Johnson said, “won’t be as rich as we presently offer ..."
Sooooo, after 5 years and $48 million the museum won't be as good as what they have now.
Your confiscated tax dollars at work.
13 posted on 01/18/2014 7:59:22 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Gaffer
During which, EVERY dinosaur we’ve ever heard about will be renamed to a more pleasant sounding, non-violent name.

The word dinosaur itself stands for "terrible lizard". Dino (terrible), saur (lizard).

14 posted on 01/18/2014 8:06:22 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Expect that name to change also.


15 posted on 01/18/2014 8:07:32 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: OddLane

Always one of my favorite halls to visit at the Natural History Museum.


16 posted on 01/18/2014 8:11:23 AM PST by mware
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To: OddLane

Man, even the dinosaurs are gettin’ laid off...


17 posted on 01/18/2014 8:12:43 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: PLMerite
Man, even the dinosaurs are gettin’ laid off...

I think we have a winner!

18 posted on 01/18/2014 8:21:43 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: OddLane

FTA: But the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which broke ground in February 2012, is expected to open on the Mall in November 2015 after fewer than four years. That museum will be more than 10 times the size of the dinosaur hall, whose makeover will take five years.


10 times the size? Will they have a figure Booker T as big as a T-Rex?


19 posted on 01/18/2014 8:24:30 AM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: minnesota_bound

Anybody wanna take bets on how soon after opening they have their first gang-related violence, and how quickly after that they install metal detectors?


20 posted on 01/18/2014 8:29:55 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: OddLane

By then America will have been remade in the Venezuelan model and only the party faithful will be admitted to the new Dear Leader Hall.


21 posted on 01/18/2014 8:30:55 AM PST by Truth29
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To: OddLane

5 years and 48,000,000 dollars. Yea right! 12 years and 2.4 billion dollars later and it might be completed.


22 posted on 01/18/2014 8:42:58 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: OddLane
In the grand scheme of things, five years isn’t much time; after all, some of the fossils on display are well over 100 million years old.

Hmmm. The pennies I was going to pay my taxes with are made of metal atoms far older, so a 30-50 year delay is peanuts by this line of thought.

But the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which broke ground in February 2012, is expected to open on the Mall in November 2015 after fewer than four years. That museum will be more than 10 times the size of the dinosaur hall, whose makeover will take five years.

I guess when we have a dinosaur living in the big White House across the way, priorities will change.

23 posted on 01/18/2014 8:53:24 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...
Thanks OddLane.

24 posted on 01/18/2014 9:04:53 AM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: OddLane

What they’re really doing is updating their “settled” science


25 posted on 01/18/2014 9:13:40 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: DJ MacWoW
At one time, the Smith had a wonderful display of great animals.. huge lions, tigers.. wonderful stuff. Moved them all into storage to make room for the African American section. I asked when the great animals would be coming back out and was told no plans for that in the foreseeable future. Makes me wonder what politically correct display will be replacing the dinos.....
26 posted on 01/18/2014 9:50:16 AM PST by ArtDodger
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To: DManA

This is actually the fault of the Koch Bros.


27 posted on 01/18/2014 10:04:13 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: ArtDodger
When the exhibit of animals was closed for renovation, the Smithsonian placed a very PC sign at the spot where the exhibit was closed (first exhibit to your left when you entered the rotunda with the great elephant).

I can't remember the exact verbiage, but it said something like 'when the descriptions for these animals were written, they were written from a human's point of view, and not the animals'; this is being corrected.'

Anybody else remember that sign?

28 posted on 01/18/2014 10:20:43 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: OddLane
You can still enjoy the rest of the museum and take the virtul tour from home
29 posted on 01/18/2014 10:31:10 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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