The Origin of Humanity at DC Smithsonian

The Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History finds a way to keep the past present in engaging and explorative ways that can entertain the whole family.

There is something for everyone at the DC Museum of Natural History.

Thematic halls divide the museum, each one as unique and different as one person from another.

The Hall Of Human Origins

The hall of human origins is the exhibit to see. It is an experience in and of itself. If you only have time for one display, make it this.

Visitors to the Hall of Human Origins in DC watch a Video on Human Evolution

The hall of human origins is a fascinating place. It directs you along the story of human evolution through a smart, and creative design.

A tunnel marks the entrance that plays an animated video as you walk through it that tells the story of human evolution.

A Shot From the Video that Plays in the Tunnell into the Hall of Human Origins.

The exhibit prompts visitors to ask questions about the life and evolution of humanity.

A Sign that asks Visitors to Think About What it Means to be a Human

Speaking to a group of children with their parents, a volunteer for seven years at the Museum, Carol Schremp, says that:

Early humans were basically apes, except they walked upright.

Most of the skeletons and relics that the Museum displays in the hall of human origins are plastic casts, Schremp says.

She says that museums keep fossils and artifacts in the country of origin, out of respect for their history.

Volunteer Carol Schremp Shows a Visitor Replicas of Skulls From Apes to Homo Sapiens to Demonstrate How People Evolved

Schremp says that:

Humans have existed for at least 200,000 years.

When she says that, one little girl that is watching her presentation mimes to her mom that her head has exploded.

The hall winds around different exhibits that demonstrate the scale and scope of human existence

A Statue in the Hall of Human Origins Depicting a Mother Teaching her Child how to Work Leather to make Clothing.

The hall of human origins is an experience. It warps you through the evolution of humanity from the beginning until today.

Some exhibits show how the first humans lived. With memorable statues, videos, and replicated living spaces that draw a vivid picture of the evolutionary road people have traveled.

Interactive videos and stations throughout the hall guide you through scientists and researchers discoveries over the past several decades.

A Statue in the Hall of Human Origins Demonstrates It’s Prowess at Hunting.

At the end of the exhibit, there is a theater, which plays a looping video about the human population and explores questions about how the human race will evolve next.

Four Other Noteworthy Exhibits to Check Out

  • The Dinosaur Hall
  • The Hall of Mammals
  • The Ocean Hall
  • The Atrium of the Elephant

Ease of Entrance, Location and What to Know

It is easy to get to the Museum, and admission is free. It took me less than five minutes to get into the exhibits.

The Museum is in the heart of the Capital, right off of Constitution Avenue. There is also an entrance from the National Mall.

The Museum does not allow outside food or drink, besides water, but there are food options available inside the Museum.

There are a lot of families that visit the Museum every year, and the exhibits are geared toward young families exploring together. So keep that in mind when you visit.

There will be children everywhere. If you get stressed out at the zoo, this probably isn’t the place for you.


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