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infectious disease
Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World invites visitors to join epidemiologists, veterinarians, public health workers, and citizens of all ages and origins as they rush to identify and contain infectious disease outbreaks. Open until 2021.
narwhal pod
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 until 2019.
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.
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.

The Museum’s cafeteria is being renovated to better serve our visitors. A temporary cafeteria featuring sandwiches, salads, hot and cold drinks, and desserts is now open on our second floor. A light menu is also available at Café Natural on the ground floor. Outside food is prohibited in the Museum. There is no designated seating area for school or tour groups.

Construction is underway to upgrade and improve accessibility to the National Mall entrance of the Museum. While the Mall entrance will remain open during construction, visitors, especially groups, are encouraged to use the Museum’s entrance at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW at this time.

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