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Fossil Hall Closed
The National Fossil Hall is currently closed for renovation until 2019. - A brand new hall will open to the public in 2019. Learn more...

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100 Years of America's National Park Service: Preserve, Enjoy, Inspire - The National Park Service turns 100 this year! To celebrate, the National Park Service has teamed up with the National Museum of Natural History to present over 50 images by award‐winning photographers. Open until August 2017.
Rocky shores of Iceland with water, ice and dramatic clouds in the background
Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed - Photographer Feodor Pitcairn and poet Ari Trausti Guðmundsson reveal a land of fire, ice, hardy life, and natural beauty. Open until April 2017.
Lions lying in the bush against an orange sky
National Geographic Into Africa: The Photography of Frans Lanting - Take a personal journey into the wonders of wild Africa as seen through the lens of National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting. Open until August 22, 2016.
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The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World - 66 million years ago, the last dinosaurs roamed what is now the western interior of North America. Then global catasprophe ended their reign. Walk through time to explore our scientists' findings that help us understand America's last dinosaurs, their lives, and their ultimate demise. Learn more...

Now Playing in the Johnson IMAX® Theater

  • Q?rius (pronounced curious). Unlock your world at
  • Ocean Portal: Find Your Blue

10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, in Washington, D.C. 20560 [MAPS] (202) 633-1000

Free admission. Open every day except Dec. 25 from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. Our hours are extended on select days.

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