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Upcoming Events


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, Labrador Duck, Great Auk & Heath Hen that once roamed North America but were driven to extinction. Open until October 2015.
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
Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation
Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation - This exhibit explores the heritage, daily experience, and diverse contributions that Indian immigrants and Indian Americans have made to shaping the United States. On view until August 16, 2015. Learn more…
Genome: Unlocking Life's Code
Genome: Unlocking Life's Code - This exhibit looks at the basic instructions inside all living things on Earth. Discover how your genomes are key to everything from curing cancer to tracing the migrations of our ancient ancestors. On view until September 1, 2014.
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Now Playing in the Johnson IMAX® Theater

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

Located at 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, in Washington, D.C. 20560 [MAPS]
(202) 633-1000

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