LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The National Museum of Natural History’s Fossil Halls will be closed for five years to undergo “the largest and most complex renovation in the Museum’s history.”

When reopened, “the new exhibition will showcase our unrivaled fossil collection and present the most current scientific research,” according to a statement on the website.

The Washington Post reports that workers will begin the tedious task of disassembling more than 2,000 specimens Monday morning.

According to The Post, the overdue renovation is expected to cost $48 million.


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