The Houston Museum of Art is the last major American institution to go dinosaur-free, with the city’s public art collection largely unchanged since the mid-1980s. 

“We are taking steps to be the best in the world when it comes to dinosaur art,” museum director Michael Stumpf told the Houston Chronicle in January. 

Stumpf said the Houston museum will begin removing dinosaurs from its walls in June. 

Nipsey, a dinosaur from the Jurassic era, is the largest wall mural in Houston, a feat that’s made the Houston art world famous. 

Dino-free Houston’s murals include the Nipseys, a 16-foot-high wall painted in 1872 by renowned artist Joseph Nipson, and a 15-foot sculpture by artist Peter Hahn, who died in 2018. 

A Houston City Council committee on Monday voted to extend the wall murals from March 19 to June 30. 

The move to extend those murals comes at a time when the city has been hit by an economic crisis, with a projected $3.8 billion deficit for the fiscal year ending June 30, according to a report released Tuesday by the Texas Tribune. 

Houston’s art museum has been trying to recover from the recession.

In January, Stumpff said the city had lost more than $3 million in revenue, and said he was working to restore the city to its pre-recession economic health. 

In March, the city approved a $3 billion bond to restore public art and restore historic buildings. 

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