Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas

Oct 5, 2024 – Jan 5, 2025

This groundbreaking exhibition highlights ongoing, cutting-edge dinosaur research by American Museum of Natural History paleontologists and other leading scientists from around the world. It explores how paleontologists today are using an incredible array of new technologies — from bioengineering computer software to CT scans — along with new discoveries and new ideas to investigate and reinterpret many of the most persistent and puzzling mysteries of dinosaurs, such as what they really looked like and how they actually moved and behaved, as well as the complex and hotly debated theories of why — or even whether — they became extinct.

<b>Twin <i>Protoceratops </i>models </b><br>
Twin models of Protoceratops, one showing a skeleton, the other a fleshed out model, demonstrate this dinosaur’s unique frills. Scientists have developed new theories about why they sported these unique features. © AMNH
Twin Protoceratops models
Twin models of Protoceratops, one showing a skeleton, the other a fleshed out model, demonstrate this dinosaur’s unique frills. Scientists have developed new theories about why they sported these unique features. © AMNH
<b><i>T. rex </i> Leg Cast</b><br>This cast shows the full-size leg of a Tyrannosaurus rex. Visitors are asked to picture the huge predator who walked on this giant leg. The famous T. rex would have weighed between 5,000 and 7,000 kilograms (11,000-15,500 pounds) with skin and flesh on its huge bones. © AMNH
T. rex Leg Cast
This cast shows the full-size leg of a Tyrannosaurus rex. Visitors are asked to picture the huge predator who walked on this giant leg. The famous T. rex would have weighed between 5,000 and 7,000 kilograms (11,000-15,500 pounds) with skin and flesh on its huge bones. © AMNH

Exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the Houston Museum of Natural Science; the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; The Field Museum, Chicago; and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh.

Upcoming Curatorial Programs & Events

Splatter, Spin & Drop Paint Workshop

July 18 @ 2:00 pm3:30 pm
Bendel Mansion
$20 – $25

Inspired by our current exhibition Under Pressure: Painting with Air, join us for a special program that explores what we can make when science meets art. Create artwork using non-traditional “brushes” to splatter paint, or use spinners to let gravity help decide how your finished pieces will look. All materials…

Nights Out: Masterclass with Alan Pastrana

August 1 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
$15 – $20

Spend an evening with master airbrush artist Alan Pastrana, whose work is currently on view as part of this season’s exhibition, Under Pressure: Painting with Air. Alan will share his artistic process and demonstrate his unique airbrush painting techniques. Raised in the 80s and 90s during the birth of Hip…

Splatter, Spin & Drop Paint Workshop

September 2 @ 2:00 pm3:30 pm
Bendel Mansion
$20 – $25

Inspired by our current exhibition Under Pressure: Painting with Air, join us for a special program that explores what we can make when science meets art. Create artwork using non-traditional “brushes” to splatter paint, or use spinners to let gravity help decide how your finished pieces will look. All materials…

Day Trip to Hill-Stead Museum

September 19 @ 9:30 am4:30 pm
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
$125 – $150

Take a day trip with us to discover Hill-Stead Museum, the 1901 Colonial Revival-style house designed by pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle, and home to a magnificent collection of Impressionist masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Manet, Whistler and Cassatt; captivating Japanese woodblock prints; and superb decorative arts, all in an…

Sculpture Trail Scavenger Hunt
Daily, Self-Guided

January 1, 2026 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm
Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Daily & Self-Guided! Before setting out, be sure to drop by Bendel Mansion’s reception desk to pick up a guide to our all-new Sculpture Trail Scavenger Hunt, and gain a brand-new perspective of our beautiful grounds through art and history! Self-guided by prompts and clues from start to finish, you’ll…

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