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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


Before and After

See a select collection of our historical images showing how things have changed in the Museum over time. This feature will let you slide between a version of an older image and compare it with a more recent version. More will be added in the months ahead.



Postcards from the Past

Postcards from the Past presents a collection of historical NMNH postcards which were collected by Museum staff and Smithsonian archivists and historians. If you have one of your own to share, please join our Flickr Group or send a message to:



Historic Pictures of the Smithsonian - National Museum of Natural History presents another curated collection from the Smithsonian Institution Archives.


View a Visitor Generated Flickr Slideshow replete with stunning images of the National Museum of Natural History's rotunda. Take note of the Doric and Ionic columns, the semi-circular clerestory windows and tiled dome complete with an oculus. And please join the Museum's Flickr group if you would like to add your own images.

The Museum's main web page welcomed over 20 million visitors in calendar year 2009!

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