Free admission (all visitors, all hours)

Show is free with museum admission.

Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt, a new opera at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs, is based on the real-life experiences of Rhoda Knight Kalt and her grandfather, Charles R. Knight. Knight was a famous naturalist artist who was commissioned by Dr. Henry Fairfield Osborn to create paintings and sculptures of prehistoric creatures for the American Museum of Natural History, many of which are still on display today. During the performances, audiences will join Rhoda as she goes on a hunt for missing fossils around the hall while learning about the interconnectedness of creativity and science.

Reflecting the most current thinking on dinosaur traits, behavior, and evolutionary links to birds, the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs examines the group of dinosaurs that evolved from an ancestor with grasping hands. It features some of the museum’s most beloved and terrifying specimens, including Tyrannosaurus rex and Apatosaurus. Performances of the family-friendly opera – which will run approximately 20 minutes – will be free with museum admission, and will take place September 23, 24, 29, 30, October 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 (Fridays at 11:30am; Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00 & 2:30).