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The Fénykövi Elephant

The National Museum of Natural History's
iconic elephant has been remade

The new installation incorporates the latest scientific information about these magnificent but endangered animals. Explore the evolution of elephants, discover insights into elephant behavior, and learn about the conservation challenges that threaten today's wild elephants. A new visitor information desk has also been incorporated to make visits to the museum easier and more enjoyable. Come see the new installation now open to the public.


head of the museum's elephant display with trunk held high

Smithsonian Spotlight:
The Elephant in the Rotunda

Watch a video clip from the Smithsonian Channel spotlighting our elephant from an episode celebrating our 100th anniversary.

Screen of elephant in the National Zoo's elephant house

The Elephant Cam

Need to quench your curiosity for more elephants? Watch the Smithsonian's community of Asian elephants live via the National Zoo's Elephant Cam!

Q?rius logo and an elephant head rearing its trunk in a question mark

Curious about Elephants?

Visit Q?rius: The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center on the museum's ground floor to examine actual elephant objects from our collection.

View Slideshow

View a behind-the-scenes slideshow of the progression of this latest remake of the Fénykövi Elephant.

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