When the National Fossil Halls closed in April, 2014 for renovation, we faced the enormous job of removing our many specimens from display. Throughout the Halls, we have opened and emptied display cases of small fossils, and now we are working to remove the bigger specimens. The work follows roughly the same pattern in each Hall. First, anything light enough to be hand carried is taken away. Then, a demolition crew dismantles railings and the raised flooring that passes between the exhibits. To remove the larger specimens, we have two choices. If they are small enough to fit through doorways and into freight elevators and strong enough to withstand some vibration, we roll them away intact. If they aren't, we take them apart and remove them from exhibit in pieces. Here are photos of specimen removal from the Ice Ages Hall, which took place during September and October.