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Virtual Tour of Dino Hall - Mandarin Chinese

A virtual visit to the Age of Dinosaurs

Photograph of the Dino Hall exhibit

In celebration of L.A.'s vibrant and diverse community of Angelenos, NHM presents the Chinese Mandarin Dinosaur Hall virtual tour. Though our physical doors are closed, we invite you to step inside NHM’s award-winning Dinosaur Hall and discover the Age of Dinosaurs. Learn how museum scientists study our ancient past through a variety of fossils and even get an up-close look at a one-of-a-kind T. rex growth series. Below, discover dinosaur and fossil activities that complement the tours—suitable for families, school-age children, and learners of all ages!

NARRATED BY BECKY WU 

Becky Wu Headshot at LA County Fair

Becky Wu is a paleontologist at NHM's Dinosaur Institute. Born and raised in Taiwan, her interests in deep-time evolution and earth history have taken her to field sites and museum collections across Japan, Taiwan, China, Canada, and the United States. Her journey into vertebrate paleontology began with research on the Pleistocene Stegodon, a member of the order Proboscidea from East Asia. Becky is currently a PhD student in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Southern California and a graduate student in residence of the Dinosaur Institute. Her works focus on the dentition evolution of Mesozoic birds and the developmental mechanism of their tooth cycling.

ACTIVITIES FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN AND FAMILIES 

EARLY LEARNERS

Dino Hall Scavenger Hunt

Dyeing Dino Eggs: Dye Your Own Eggs, Dinosaur style! (with parent help)

Color Me Wonderful: Dinosaur Coloring Sheets

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Dino Hall Scavenger Hunt

Dyeing Dino Eggs: Dye Your Own Eggs, Dinosaur style! (with parent help)

Color Me Wonderful: Dinosaur Coloring Sheets

Make Your Own Trace Fossil (with parent help)

Make Your Own Dinosaur Shadow Puppet and Screen  (with parent help)

Lesson Plan: Adaptation Sensation (meets Grade 1 NGSS & Common Core ELA Standards)

Lesson Plan: The Dino Diner (meets Grade 4 NGSS & Common Core Mathematics Standards)

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Make Your Own Trace Fossil

Make Your Own Dinosaur Shadow Puppet and Screen

Lesson Plan: Shaping Dinosaurs (meets Grade 7 Common Core Mathematics Standards)

HIGH SCHOOL

Make Your Own Trace Fossil

Make Your Own Dinosaur Shadow Puppet and Screen

Lesson Plan: Amazing Adaptations (meets High School NGSS and Common Core ELA Standards)