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The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth's Ultimate Trophy
Q?rius Theater

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Image credit: Tracey Goggans

FREE ticketed event

The National Museum of Natural History invites you to attend an evening with Paige Williams, author of The Dinosaur Artist, followed by a conversation with Kirk Johnson, the museum’s Sant Director. 

The Dinosaur Artist explores the history of fossil collecting, a popular yet risky business where the lines between poacher and hunter, or collector and smuggler, can easily blur. Through the true story of one man’s dangerous obsession with a rare dinosaur skeleton, Williams delves into the world of illicit international fossil trade and explores the question of who, ultimately, owns the past.

The Dinosaur Artist will be available for purchase and signing after the program.

This program is offered as part of the Evening With... series in anticipation of the opening of The David H. Koch Hall of Fossils—Deep Time on June 8, 2019. This exhibition will depict a journey through time of more than 3.7 billion years of life on Earth and debut the return of the Nation’s T. Rex to the museum.



Paige Williams is an American journalist and author. She is a staff writer at The New Yorker. A National Magazine Award winner for feature writing, her journalism has been anthologized in multiple volumes of The Best American Magazine Writing and The Best American Crime Writing. She is the Laventhol/Newsday Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has been a fellow of The MacDowell Colony and a Nieman fellow at Harvard. 

Accessibility Information

The National Museum of Natural History is committed to providing inclusive experiences for all audiences. Please contact 202-633-3611 or email for access services. To view and print a map with accessible entrances, curb cuts, designated parking, and more for Smithsonian facilities on the National Mall, please download the Accessibility Map here. 

Sign Language Interpretation

If you would like to have a sign language interpreter or real-time captioning (CART), you should call (202) 633-3611 or send an e-mail to Please allow time to schedule the request by contacting the Accessibility Office at least 2 weeks prior to the program. We will do our best to accommodate last-minute requests.

Time: 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
Ground Floor, National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20013-7012
United States

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