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Inclement weather
Due to the winter storm and limited public transportation options impacting the National Capital Region (NCR), Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. will be closed to the public on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, except the National Museum of American History (NMAH) and the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), which will open at their regular time.

Upcoming Events


Bengal Tiger and Cub, © Steve Winter
The 22nd Annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition - Discover Nature through the Art of Photography. Open until 2018.
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 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.

Very Limited Food Service - The Museum’s cafeteria is currently closed for renovation. A light menu is available at Café Natural on the ground floor. Seating is extremely limited. Outside food is prohibited in the Museum. There will be no 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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