First Floor Exhibits
Portraits of Planet Ocean: The Photography of Brian Skerry
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.
Mud Masons of Mali
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.
Learn about the social nature of African elephants while pausing at this popular meeting spot.
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
Explore the incredible diversity of mammals in a variety of environments.
The Sant Ocean Hall
Dive into the ocean and our unparalleled scientific collections.
Learn how humans evolved over six million years in response to a changing world.
Examine the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa's peoples and cultures.