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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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Scientific research lies at the heart of the Museum’s work. Many of the millions of specimens that comprise the collections were gathered on scientific expeditions. The National Museum of Natural History has conducted research all over the world—from the mouths of volcanoes to the canopy of tropical forests to the greatest depths of the ocean.

Travel with us to some of the places Smithsonian staff have explored, and learn about the work they have done and continue to do.

Birds of Panama: Research in the 1940s-1960s

The Albatross

(From the Division of Fishes in the Department of Vertebrate Zoology)

The US Exploring Expedition or “Wilkes Expedition” (1838-42)

The Burgess Shale (1909)

Coming Soon!

The Moorea Biocode Project-The NMNH in the Field Today (2008-2010)

The Moorea Biocode Project: The NMNH in the Field Today (2008-2010)

The Burgess Shale (1909)

Chaco Canyon / Pueblo Bonito (with National Geographic Society in the 1920s)

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