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Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops
The David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time, a brand new exhibition telling the history of life on Earth, will open to the public on June 8, 2019.  In the meantime, please visit our temporary exhibit The Last American Dinosaurs on the Museum’s second floor.
Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards: 2018 winners
2018 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards. From more than 26,000 entries submitted, 60 stunning images were selected to showcase the extraordinary work of photographers from around the world. Open until September 2019.
Mosasaur crunching oysters
Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola’s Ancient Seas. Explore modern Angola’s fossil-filled cliffs and learn about the evolutionary, geological, and environmental forces that shaped life in the ocean then and now. Open until 2020.
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 2021.
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.

10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, in Washington, D.C. 20560 [MAPS]

Free admission. Open daily except December 25, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Our cafeteria is being renovated. A temporary cafeteria is available on the second floor, with a café on the ground floor. Outside food is prohibited. There is no seating area for school or tour groups.

The National Mall entrance to the Museum is being renovated. While this entrance remains open, visitors are encouraged to use our Constitution Avenue entrance. The middle doorway of the National Mall entrance will be closed, with the right doorway (west side) reserved for enters, and the left (east) for exits.

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