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About the Museum

George Zug, a herpetologist, demonstrating identification of frogs to students in Chatthin Wildlife Sanctuary, Myanmar.

George Zug, a herpetologist, demonstrating identification of frogs to students in Chatthin Wildlife Sanctuary, Burma.
Photo by Carl Hansen.

Our Mission

Understanding the natural world and our place in it.

Our Values

Excellence. We strive to deliver the highest quality in everything we do.

Integrity. We achieve our goals with responsibility and accountability.

Respect. We believe that every member of the Museum community has an equally important role, and that the natural world is intrinsically valuable.

Diversity. We capitalize on the richness inherent in differences.

Intellectual freedom. We recruit and train the best scientists and give them the independence to pursue ambitious questions.

Collaboration. We create and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships to increase the reach and impact of our work.

 

2016 - 2020 Strategic Plan

Natural History in the Age of Humans

What Sets the National Museum of Natural History Apart?

NMNH Capabilities Brochure Cover. Photography Credits: Valerie Bruchon, Chip Clark, Karolyn Darrow, James Di Loreto, Encyclopedia of Life, Donald E. Hurlbert, Ali Khawaja, Mehgan Murphy, John Steiner, Joseph Talman, Don Wilson, Young-ku Yang, and Christian Ziegler, Smithsonian Institution.

For an overview of the National Museum of Natural History, please download our brochure (PDF)

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