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  • Writer's pictureAnna Torrez

SNEAK PEEK: Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi

A new exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat is set to give the public a glimpse of the upcoming Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi.

Running from the 6th of April to the 12th of May, the exhibit will include a selection of objects from the museum collection and will allow visitors to discover what Abu Dhabi was like 7 million years ago when the Al Dhafra region was filled with rivers, savanna grasslands and forests.

Key exhibits include ‘Stan’ the 67-million-year-old T. rex skeleton – a mostly complete 39-foot-long (11.7 metres) Tyrannosaurus rex, and one of the best preserved and most studied fossils of this iconic predator from the Late Cretaceous Period. Known by scientists around the world, years of scientific studies of ‘Stan’ have furthered our knowledge of the infamous dinosaur.

‘Stan’ will be joined by the 7-billion-year-old Murchison Meteorite, which famously crash-

landed in Australia more than 40 years ago and has since revealed to scientists new information about the early solar system. Containing a huge range of organic ‘stardust’ compounds as well as pre-solar grains which formed over 7 billion years ago – long before our current solar system existed – the meteorite provides ancient insight into the very building blocks of life.

The exhibition will introduce visitors to the story of the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi, which is due for completion in 2025. Once open, the museum will take visitors on a 13.8-billion-year journey through time and space and will include a thought-provoking perspective into a sustainable future for planet Earth.