The Dinosaur Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Oxford Museum of Natural History. Photograph: Ozeye/Flickr/CC BY-SA 3.0. Dinosaurs are really amazing, but natural history museums contain — and do — far more than show off the wonders of these animals.
As we follow them, we catch a glimpse of the many, varied, roles of a Natural History Museum within its local and scientific communities: public outreach and public education; providing young people with hands-on experience for how scientists do basic lab-based research; documenting and conserving the collections and making them freely available to the scientific community, artists, photographers and others for research and educational purposes.
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In this video, we also watch museum researchers use the latest modern technologies from laser scanning and high-tech photography to dentists’ drills and paintbrushes to uncover the stories contained within millions of animal, plant and mineral specimens.