Abu Dhabi Unveils New Home for Natural History

Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi, the latest addition to Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Cultural District will feature some of the rarest wonders of natural history ever found and is expected to be completed in 2025. Visitors will travel on a 13.8-billion-year journey through time and space, which will include a thought-provoking perspective into a sustainable future for planet Earth.

A highlight of the new museum’s collection will be the world-famous ‘Stan’, a remarkable, mostly complete 39-foot-long (11.7 meters) Tyrannosaurus rex, which is one of the best-preserved and most studied fossils of this iconic predator from the Late Cretaceous Period. ‘Stan’ the 67-million-year-old dinosaur has a new home at the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi.

‘Stan’ will be joined by an extraordinary Murchison Meteorite specimen, which 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 museum’s collection will feature numerous significant artifacts as part of its curatorial vision, as well as fascinating experiences being created by a dedicated team in Abu Dhabi, and supported by strategic partnerships with world-leading scholars and natural history experts.

Conceived and developed by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) in partnership with Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of destinations and experiences, the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi will be a scientific research and teaching institution and an educational resource for learning about the evolving story of our planet, aiming to ignite a life-long passion for the natural world in visitors of all ages.

According to HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, nurturing awareness of how we are impacting the planet has never been more important.

“Natural history has a new home in Abu Dhabi. A new museum that tells the story of our universe through some of the most incredible natural wonders known to mankind. These are awe-inspiring gifts from nature that we are proud to share with the world –  unlocking millions of years of knowledge to not only advance scientific discovery but to inspire our children to protect our planet’s future,” said HE Al Mubarak. “As we nurture a new generation of global advocates that are incredibly curious and passionate about natural history, we are fulfilling our vision to enrich lives and make Abu Dhabi the place for research, research, collaboration, and discovery.”

As part of Abu Dhabi’s strategy to position the emirate as a center for culture, arts, and creativity the museum will join the diverse cultural institutions and museums in the Saadiyat Cultural District, which include Louvre Abu Dhabi and the upcoming Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi galleries will take visitors on a journey back to the very beginning of time, narrating the evolution of our universe, the Earth’s formation, and the history of life on our planet – as well as providing a glimpse into our possible future.

Covering an area of more than 35,000 sqm, lead architect Mecanoo designed the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi to resonate with natural rock formations,. Every element of the design uses geometry as an overriding theme, with pentagonal shapes resembling cellular structures.

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