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Nature's Best 2015
Nature's Best Photography Presents: Best of the Best. Windland Smith Rice International Awards - Enjoy 20 years of nature's finest moments in the "Best of the Best" photo exhibition. This collection brings dramatic landscapes, exciting wildlife behavior, and surprising glimpses of Earth's icy peaks to mysterious ocean depths.
The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World
The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World - 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 that help us understand America's last dinosaurs, their lives, and their ultimate demise. Learn more...
Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America. June 24, 2014 to October 2015, Ground Floor.
Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America - Martha the Passenger Pigeon, the last of her species, died 100 years ago. These exhibit cases commemorate that anniversary by exploring birds such as the Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet, & Great Auk that once roamed North America but were driven to extinction. Open until January 2016.
Fossil Hall Closed
The National Fossil Hall is currently closed for renovation until 2019. - A brand new hall will open to the public in 2019. For more information about the National Fossil Hall renovations or our current or upcoming dinosaur exhibits, please visit

Now Playing in the Johnson IMAX® Theater

  • Q?rius (pronounced curious). Unlock your world at
  • Live Butterfly Pavilion.
  • Ocean Portal: Find Your Blue

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