Skip to main content.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Website Search Box


Close-up of triceratops fossil head

Opening June 8, 2019

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.


Q?rius Education Center Logo

Q?rius Science Education Center

Location: Ground Floor

A young girl with a live butterfly resting on her face

Butterfly Pavilion

Location: Second Floor

Q?rius Jr. Discovery Room Logo

Q?rius Jr. Discovery Room

Location: first Floor




infectious disease

Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

Location: Second Floor
May 18, 2018 - TBD 2021

This 4,250-square-foot exhibition 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. Objects from both the National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of American History collections illustrate the scientific and cultural impact of epidemics.


An iridescent blue Roman glass vessel and a blue Morpho butterfly

Objects of Wonder: From the Collections of the National Museum of Natural History

Location: Second Floor
March 10, 2017 - TBD 2021

Explore the breadth, scope and splendor of the world's most extensive natural history research collection, including many exceptional objects rarely seen by the public.

Narwhal head and tusk rising out of water

Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend

Location: First Floor
August 03, 2017 - TBD 2019

Narwhals are among the most fascinating and elusive animals on the planet. Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend dives deeply into narwhal biology, behavior, and cultural history, and reveals how Inuit knowledge and experience coupled with scientific research helps us better understand these animals—and the changing Arctic and global climate.

Silhouette of a Triceratops with exhibit title

The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World

Location: Second Floor
November 25, 2014 - TBA, 2018

66 Million Years Ago, the last dinosaurs roamed what is now the Western Interior of North America. Then global catasprophe ended their reign. Walk through time to explore our scientists' findings to the questions that help us understand America's last dinosaurs, their the lives, and their ultimate demise.

Ground Floor
Yellow Warbler

Birds of D.C.

Location: Ground Floor
Exhibit: Permanent

Brandishing their fine plumage, the birds in these cases have helped generations of visitors identify local species. Year-round and seasonal residents, migrants and vagrants--hundreds of species in all--are displayed here.

First Floor
Portrait of a young African child

African Voices

Location: First Floor
Exhibit: Permanent

Examine the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa's peoples and cultures over time in the realms of family, work, community, and the natural environment.

Profiles of reconstructions of three early human species

The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins

Location: First Floor
Exhibit: Permanent

Based on decades of cutting-edge research by Smithsonian scientists, the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins tells the epic story of human evolution and how humans evolved over six million years in response to a changing world.

Close-up of a panda

The Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals

Location: First Floor
Exhibit: Permanent

Explore the incredible diversity of mammals, including humans, and the processes by which they arose and continue to adapt. Features 274 exciting mammals and dozens of fossils in a variety of environments.

The Sant Ocean Hall – Opens Sept. 27. Image: Glowing-sucker Octopod, Photo courtesy of David Shale

The Sant Ocean Hall

Location: First Floor
Exhibit: Permanent

A one-of-a-kind interpretive exhibit, extraordinary in scale, the Sant Ocean Hall presents the global ocean from a cross-disciplinary perspective, highlighting the ocean's intrinsic connections to other global systems and to our daily lives.

Second Floor
Photography of the hope diamond set against a blue background

The Hope Diamond

Location: Second Floor
Exhibit: Permanent

See one of the world's most legendary gems. The Hope Diamond is on display in The Harry Winston Gallery.

Photography of planet earth from space

The Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals

Location: Second Floor
Exhibit: Permanent

Explore the museum's unparalleled specimens of gems, minerals, rocks and meteorites. Highlights include the Hope Diamond, the National Gem Collection, the Mine and Rocks Galleries, the Plate Tectonics Gallery and the Moon, Meteorites and the Solar System Gallery.

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper (Romalea guttata)

The O. Orkin Insect Zoo

Location: Second Floor
Exhibit: Permanent

See live insects and other arthropods at the O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Witness tarantula feeding demonstrations, work with live insects, and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the Insect Zoo.

Human and primate skeletons

Osteology: Bone Hall

Location: Second Floor
Exhibit: Permanent

Who has bones? Fishes, amphibians, birds, reptiles and mammals do. In our Osteology Hall you can observe a variety of vertebrate skeletons grouped by their evolutionary relationships.

[ TOP ]

Sign up for the latest news!