Temporary Exhibit
Known as the “Berlin Specimen,” this fossil of Archaeopteryx is arguably the most important and beautiful fossil ever discovered. Representations of this and seven other Archaeopteryx specimens are featured in Dinosaurs Take Flight.
Soaring above the lagoon that Archaeopteryx called home was the pterosaur Rhamphorhynchus. This specimen—from the collections of the Peabody Museum—will be featured in the exhibition.
Indelible ink! The darker areas on this squid are the fossilized remains of the ink sac and ink duct. They preserve concentrations of the pigment melanin, which gives squid ink its black color.

Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx

February 11 - August 13, 2017

Dinosaurs are taken to new heights in Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx. Discovered in 1861, Archaeopteryx provides a critical bridge between dinosaurs and birds. Its fossils have been critical to our understanding of the origin of birds, and the origin of flight. It is an icon of evolutionary theory!


Dinosaurs Take Flight presents not only the history and science behind Archaeopteryx but also engages visitors at the intersection of art and science. Throughout the gallery, six renowned artists from around the world provide a glimpse into their studios and processes as they bring this iconic “missing link” back to life.


The exhibition also presents the Jurassic ecosystem that Archaeopteryx called home. A collection of real fossils show the dragonflies, pterosaurs, squid, shrimp, horseshoe crabs, fish, brittle stars, and other animals that lived in the waters and along the shores of a 155-million-year-old lagoon.


We are very excited to bring the amazing Archaeopteryx to life in this beautiful, interactive exhibition.


On view through August 13, 2017.