First Floor Exhibits

First Floor

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A gobi fish peering out from within the opening of a submerged soda can

Portraits of Planet Ocean: The Photography of Brian Skerry

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  • September 17, 2013 - 2015 (TBA)
  • Portraits of Planet Ocean Award-winning photojournalist Brian Skerry takes us on an underwater journey to explore the mystery and beauty of marine life and environments. His work has been featured in magazines such as Smithsonian, National Geographic, Audubon, People, and Sports Illustrated. Twenty captivating photographs celebrate the vitality and diversity of our resilient, though imperiled, ocean. Visitors are invited to submit their own ocean images. Select photos will be selected regularly for displayed in a section of the exhibit.
Malian mud mason applying mudwork atop structure

Mud Masons of Mali

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  • August 31, 2013 - Indefinite
  • Djenne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mali, is famous for its spectacular architecture. The city owes its unique character to its masons, inheritors of a craft tradition handed down from one generation of the Boso people to the next since the city arose in the 14th century. Discover -- through archival and contemporary photographs and early engravings -- how the masons continue their age-old craft and meet the challenges of a modern world.

Permanent

African Elephant

African Elephant

  • Location: Rotunda
  • Learn about the social nature of African elephants while pausing at this popular meeting spot.
Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs

  • Location: view map
  • Go back 3.5 billion years to learn about dinosaurs, ancient seas, and fossil mammals and plants.
Mammals

Mammals

  • Location: view map
  • Explore the incredible diversity of mammals in a variety of environments.
Ocean Hall

The Sant Ocean Hall

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  • Dive into the ocean and our unparalleled scientific collections.
Human Origins

Human Origins

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  • Learn how humans evolved over six million years in response to a changing world.
African Voices

African Voices

  • Location: view map
  • Examine the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa's peoples and cultures.