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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

SINCE OUR DOORS FIRST OPENED IN 1910, the National Museum of Natural History has inspired curiosity and learning about the natural world and our place in it. Building upon the strong foundation of our extensive collections, we have been at the forefront of essential scientific exploration and research, and groundbreaking public exhibition and education.

This website is a living documentary of the Museum's 100-year history. We will continue to add new historical, fun, timely, and media-rich content to the site throughout the celebration year.


Mammals Curator Kris Helgen talks about a leopard skull collected for the Museum 100 years ago on the Smithsonian-Roosevelt Expedition to East Africa.

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Centennial Happenings

Sept. 25, 2010
NMNH Centennial Festival - "Looking Both Ways; Past and Future"
June 28, 2010
Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Museum staff and volunteers will be participating in the Folklife Festival’s Smithsonian Inside Out tents: "Family Activities" and "Mysteries of the Universe," where visitors can learn about "Mysteries of the Ocean," drawing on 100 years of marine science at NMNH.
June 8, 2010
Centennial highlight tours will start on Tuesday, June 8th and continue throughout the Summer. In June, the tours will be given on Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:30am and 1:30pm. (Check back for July days and times.)
June 5, 2010
World Ocean Day Family Festival from 11:00am-4:00pm
May 29, 2010
NMNH Centennial Exhibit Opens


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