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Get Set for Identification Day

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Whether it’s a souvenir shell collecting dust on your mantel or the weird rock that doubles as your paperweight, most folks have a little natural history collection in their homes. (We certainly do!) On Saturday, May 6, we want to see yours at the Museum’s annual Identification Day.



Join us in the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall to have Museum scientists look over your specimens and artifacts, including rocks, fossils, leaves, and more. For guidelines on what to bring—and how to prepare it for viewing—please visit the Identification Day page.


Museum staff member sits at a table surrounded by fossils and examines a specimen presented by two small children.
Fossil Collections Manager Carl Mehling examines fossils at Identification Day.
© AMNH/R. Mickens

While you’re there, you’ll also get the chance to see rarely exhibited items from the Museum’s collection of more than 34 million specimens. Whether you want a peek behind the curtain at the Museum or some insight on the specimens on your own bookshelf, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Identification Day!