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Discover the Museum's Must-Sees

Tarantula feedings, the biggest blue diamond in the world, a Live Coral Reef... there is plenty for you to do at the world’s largest natural history museum! Click here to learn more about the Museum's Must-sees.

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Henry the Elephant  

Navigate the Museum

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Click here to view the Museum's Map.

Virtual Tour
Click here to explore the Museum through a Virtual Tour.

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Security and Policies  

Security & Policies

We have security measures in place to ensure your safety and the protection of the objects in the Museum. More information about security & policies.

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Explore Exhibitions by Topic

Explore our diverse collection of permanent and temporary exhibitions by topic. Click here

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Plan a Group Trip

Natural History offers a variety of free, 60-minute, standards-aligned, staff-led school programs for students in grades 6 through 12. Please browse our school programs and register online.

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Join in on Museum Events and Activities

Place your mouse over today's date to learn more about the day's activities and events or click here to visit the Museum's calendar of events.

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Eat at the Museum


Ground Floor

  • Atrium Café, our largest
    cafeteria with a wide range of culinary
  • Café Natural, Illy espresso, sandwiches, salads, desserts, ice cream and more

To learn more about the Museum's dining options, click here.

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Shop at the Museum



Second Floor

  • Gem and Mineral Store

First Floor

  • Mammal Store

Ground Floor

  • Museum Store
  • Family Store
  • Express Kiosk

Learn more about the Museum's on-site shopping options, or shop online!

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Attend Ticketed Programs

Live Butterfly Pavilion

Smithsonian Associates Programs

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Open daily except December 25, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM. For extended Museum hours, click here.


Admission is free to the museum and programs, except where noted.


For the Museum's location, click here.

Security & Policies

More information about security and policies.

Free Staff-Led School Programs Register TodayLive Butterfly Pavilion Second Floor

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