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Very Limited Food Service

The Museum’s cafeteria is being renovated to better serve our visitors. A temporary cafeteria featuring sandwiches, salads, hot and cold drinks, and desserts is now open on our second floor.

Café Natural, located on the ground floor, features a limited menu that includes sandwiches, specialty coffees, ice cream, and homemade desserts and will remain open during the course of the renovation. Please be advised that seating is limited at Café Natural.

Outside food continues to be prohibited in the Museum. We are unable to provide designated seating for school or tour groups.


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The Museum’s cafeteria is being renovated to better serve our visitors.  A temporary cafeteria featuring sandwiches, salads, hot and cold drinks, and desserts is now open on our second floor.

Café Natural, located on the ground floor, features a limited menu that includes sandwiches, specialty coffees, ice cream, and homemade desserts and will remain open during the course of the renovation.  Please be advised that seating is limited at Café Natural.

Outside food continues to be prohibited in the Museum. We are unable to provide designated seating for school or tour groups.


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Second Floor

  • Gem and Mineral Store

First Floor

  • Mammal Store

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  • Family Store
  • Express Kiosk

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