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Q?rius Science Education Center

Location: Ground Floor

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Butterfly Pavilion

Location: Second Floor

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Q?rius Jr. Discovery Room

Location: first Floor




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The National Fossil Hall


Please note that the National Fossil Hall is currently closed for renovation. A brand new hall will open to the public in 2019. Dinosaurs are currently on view in the new exhibit The Last American Dinosaurs on the second floor of the museum.

For more information about the National Fossil Hall renovations or our current or upcoming dinosaur exhibits, please visit


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The 22nd Annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition

Location: Second Floor
October 24, 2017 - TBD 2018

Discover Nature through the Art of Photography
Selected from more than 26,000 submitted entries, see 60 extraordinary images that capture the beauty and diversity of the natural world.

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.

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 2019

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.


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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.

Collage of creatures found in a cubic foot of the ocean's mid water

Life in One Cubic Foot

Location: First Floor, Sant Ocean Hall Focus Gallery
March 4, 2016 - TBA, 2018

What can we discover in just a cubic foot of Earth? As it turns out, a whole lot! Enter the small worlds of biocubes with experts as they investigate a range of cubic-foot marine environments to uncover amazingly complex relationships and important lessons for the future of our planet.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Portrait of a young African child

Mud Masons

Location: First Floor
Exhibit: Indefinite

Djenne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mali, is famous for its spectacular architecture. Discover how the masons of Djenne continue their age-old craft and meet the challenges of a modern world.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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