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Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend
Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend - The narwhal, with its unique spiral tusk, has inspired legend in Inuit society and fascinated people across cultures for centuries. Open August 3, 2017.
An iridescent blue Roman glass vessel and a blue Morpho butterfly
Objects of Wonder: From the Collections of the National Museum of Natural History Museum collections reflect our amazing world, inspire wonder, and form the foundation for scientific discovery. Open until 2019.
A close up profile of a fox with its mouth wide open with a curled tongue
The 21st Annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition - Nature photographers travel the globe and brave the elements to create images that transport us into the natural world. Open until September 2017.


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. In the meantime, please visit our new exhibit The Last American Dinosaurs.

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.

Now Playing in the Johnson IMAX® Theater

Please note that the Johnson IMAX Theater will be closing on September 30, 2017.

Q?rius (pronounced curious). Unlock your world at

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