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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. Explore the breadth, scope and splendor of the world's most extensive natural history research collection. Open until 2019.
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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. The 21st annual exhibition presents 83 fine art prints accompanied by an HD video Open until September 2017.
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100 Years of America's National Park Service: Preserve, Enjoy, Inspire - 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.


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.

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