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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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Groups are welcome at the National Museum of Natural History! The Museum offers unique experiences for groups of all kinds, with people of all ages. Come face to face with live butterflies, dinosaurs, five different human species, 17 different Australian mammal species, and an 8-ton elephant. It's a great place for groups to meet and learn about the natural world and our place in it.

To learn more about staff-facilitated programs visit our Education & Outreach homepage. To complete your registration for a self-directed visit to the museum, use our new registration page.

To help you make the case that your field trip addresses your curriculum standards, many of the Educators’ Guides for the Museum’s exhibitions and programs include connections to national curriculum standards.

Children exploring hands-on exhibit

Group Discounts

The Museum offers group discounts for the Live Butterfly Pavilion, Atrium Café, and for the IMAX theater. Discounts apply to any group of 10 or more.

Museum floorplan

Logistics

Simplify your planning experience with all the information you need about location, admission, hours, maps, Museum policies on chaperones and student safety, and food and shopping options.

Cover of Sant Ocean Hall educators' guide

Educator and Student Materials

The Museum provides materials for Educators to use before, during, and after the field trip to focus the student learning experience.

Acronym for Standards of Learning Exams

Make the Case

Find connections to standards and curriculum topics for Museum exhibitions and programs. You can also learn about some research-based tips for helping your students to maximize their field trip learning experience.

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Immersive Programs

Programs expand themes from the Museum’s exhibitions and engage students in the kinds of research activities that Museum scientists conduct every day.

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