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Identification Day

May 10, 2014

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Inspired by the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the Museum celebrates the importance of natural history collections by inviting visitors to bring in their own specimens to our annual Identification Day. Bring your shells, rocks, insects, feathers, bones, and artifacts to be identified by Museum scientists and explore rarely seen objects from the Museum’s collection. Scientists will attempt to identify your discoveries and provide a certificate of identification. Items identified in previous years have included a whale jawbone, a green-beetle bracelet from Brazil, and a 5,000-year-old stone spear point from Morocco.

New this year:
In conjunction with the special exhibition Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs, participants will have the chance to explore the science of flight across multiple animal groups, including bats, birds, and insects. Also new this year, you will discover how scientists are using 3D scanners and printers to better observe and understand a variety of objects. 

Have a chance to scan and receive a digital copy of your identified item. Two thousand lucky visitors will also get to take home a special souvenir: A 3D-printed bust of Theodore Roosevelt! Plan an expedition with your own TinyTR, to a park or anywhere else you experience nature, and tweet a photo to @AMNH with the hashtag #TinyTR.

Read more about the annual ID Day on the Museum's blog.


The Museum gratefully acknowledges the Richard and Karen LeFrak Exhibition and Education Fund.

American Museum of Natural History

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