10 Evolution Exhibits that will Blow Your Mind

“Who am I?” is a question I’m sure you’ve asked yourself many times. Who are we? And where did we come from? Visit these awe-inspiring museums and discover the most incredible evolutionary artifacts in the world.

1) Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington

A new permanent exhibit, the David H. Koch Hall of Human Exhibitions explores many questions, including, “Are we the endpoint of our evolution?” Explore the epic story of human ancestry. Find out the roots of human adaptability. And you don’t even have to go there – the website is phenomenal.

Location: 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
Hours of operation:
10 AM to 5:30 PM daily except Christmas Day.


2) Natural History Museum, London

Come face to face with a towering Diplodocus skeleton in the main hall and get acquainted with the Mauritius Dodo. The Our Place in Evolution exhibit is where you’ll meet our ancestors: Homo Erectus, Neanderthals and Australopithithecines. You’ll find our closest relatives – the Slow Loris and the Pygmy Marmoset in the Primates gallery.

Location: Cromwell Road, London
Hours of operation:
10 AM to 5:50 PM (last entry 5:30 PM) daily except December 24-26.


3) American Museum of Natural History, New York

The Hall of Human Origins is a permanent exhibit claiming to have the most comprehensive evidence of human evolution ever assembled. Perhaps a great way to fully understand the material is to immerse yourself in it. And there is no better way to do that than to spend the night. The AMNH’s program “A Night At The Museum” has dates left in 2010 and some upcoming in 2011.

Location: Central Park West at 79th Street, New York
Hours of operation:
10 AM to 5:45 PM everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

4) Beijing Museum of Natural History

The most popular natural history museum in China owns more than 200,000 specimens. Their Discovery World is an interactive exhibit that explores different subjects of the natural world every week. Evolution enthusiasts will enjoy the Ancient Mammals exhibit which includes teeth and bone fossils of the one-time  largest mammal on the planet, the Bemalambda, as well as the world’s first flower.

Location: 126 Tian Qiao Nan street, Beijing, China
Hours of operation:
8:30 to 5 PM daily except Monday.

5) Florence Museum of Natural History

The museum — founded in 1775 — contains 8 million specimens in six sections and is the most important natural history museum in Italy. The Geology and Paleontology section is where you’ll want to head to check out fossils found over the past couple of centuries in Italy.

To further your understanding of our species, don’t miss the Anthropology and Ethnology section. It was first established in 1869 by Paolo Mantegazza and is home to about 7,000 anthropological finds including bones, plaster casts, and hair.

Location: Via La Pira, 4, Florence, Italy
Hours of operation:
9 AM to 1 PM Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday and 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday.

6) Canadian Museum of Nature

Enter the Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery to experience the extinction of dinosaurs and the rise of mammals first-hand. Walk through a swamp forest to see dinosaurs locked in battle. Feel the impact of a devastating asteroid and enter the dawn of a brand new era where new creatures rule the world.

Location: 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa, Canada
Hours of operation:
9 AM – 5 PM (Thursdays 9 AM to 8 PM), closed Mondays.

7) The Australian Museum

It’s probably fitting that thought be given to our history whilst in Sydney, considering that the earliest definite human remains in Australia from 40,000 years ago were found in this state (it’s debatable, but some put estimates of the first ancestors of Aboriginal Australians at 125,000 years ago). Get a closer look at the culture and history of the world’s oldest living culture in the Indigenous Australians exhibit.

Location: 6 College Street, Sydney, Australia
Hours of operation:
9:30 AM to 5 PM daily except Christmas Day.

8 ) Berlin Museum of Natural History (Museum für Naturkunde)

The largest museum of natural history in Germany was established in 1810. The permanent exhibition, Evolution in Action, will teach you, amongst other things, why zebras have stripes. Becoming Human explores our biological development, how Lucy — a 3.2 million year old hominid skeleton — contains attributes of both apes and humans.

Location: Humboldt University Berlin, Invalidenstr. 43, Berlin, Germany
Hours of operation:
9:30 AM to 6 PM Tuesday-Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM Saturday-Sunday, closed Mondays. (Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.)


9) Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute

At one point in time the entire planet was almost completely covered in water. So if you want to seek our earliest life forms, the BUEI is a good place to start. Science at Sea is an interactive exhibit where you’ll learn about the latest scientific and environmental discoveries. In The Deep, you’ll explore the geology of the ocean terrain and learn how sea creatures survive under tremendous water pressure.

Location: near Hamilton on East Broadway, Hamilton, Bermuda
Hours of operation:
9 AM to 5 PM weekdays, 10 AM to 5 PM weekends.

10) Creation Museum, Kentucky

Reject Darwinism altogether? Not a problem! The Creation Museum brings the pages of the bible to life. Exhibits like “Natural Selection Is Not Evolution”, “Noah’s Ark Construction Site”, and “Walk Through Bibilical History” lead you through the history of man and animal, insofar as Christianity is concerned. There are also five theatres presenting titles like “The Last Adam” and “Six Days.”

Location: 2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd., Petersburg, Kentucky
Hours of operation:
10 AM – 6 PM Monday-Friday (til 9 PM March-September), 9 AM – 6 PM Saturday, noon – 6 PM Sunday.


Can you recommend more evolution exhibits across the world? Post up your comments and let us know.

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2 thoughts on “10 Evolution Exhibits that will Blow Your Mind”

  1. I don’t want to offend anyone that is religous and does not believe in evolution. But I think it is so fascinating. I do not argue that science could be totally wrong and we are looking at everything incorrectly. But I love seeing this kind of stuff. Little did I know I had one of these pretty close to me. Thanks for the list, I will be visiting a couple!

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