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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

New Online Exhibitions

Northeast Siberian dancers AnadyrAlaska Native Collections: Sharing Knowledge
The indigenous heritage of Alaska and adjacent regions is woven from the arts, knowledge, values, and beliefs of many cultures. Explore Smithsonian collections with Native tradition bearers and learn about the peoples of this northern world.

New Exhibitions

Tiffany Diamond
Tiffany Diamond - The loan of the diamond celebrates a $1.1 million gift from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. Also on view for the first time are two rare gemstones that were purchased for the National Gem Collection through an endowment created by The Tiffany & Co. Foundation gift. Exhibit: April 12, 2007 to September 23, 2007.

Natural History Highlights

Allen Collins preserving tissue samplesNaked Corals: Did They Lose Their Skeletons?
Corals structure the most diverse ecosystems in the oceans, the tropical reef environments, and are essential to all marine life. Scientists including Allen Collins at the National Museum of Natural History are working to understand coral biology and evolution.  To read more…

Museum News

Butterfly on flowerWe’re building a new exhibit
Butterflies and Plants: Partners in Evolution will showcase live butterflies and plants in an enclosed pavilion. This new exhibit will open in November 2007.

Main image at top: Photo by David Dector © Smithsonian Institution

The National Museum of Natural History is dedicated to understanding the natural world and our place in it.

Ocean Initiatie

Visitor Information:

The museum is located at 10th Street & Constitution Ave. NW, in Washington, D.C. 20560 [MAP]

Admission is free and no tickets are required for entrance to the museum. For information, please call 202-633-1000.

Regular hours are 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Note: Coming this spring and summer we will have extended hours. For more details, see Museum Hours in Plan Your Visit.

O. Orkin Insect Zoo is closed until summer 2007.

In its stead Bug Corner has opened across from the Discovery Room. At the Bug Corner visitors can hold an insect, participate in a tarantula feeding, and ask questions of Insect Zoo volunteers.


Poster of Sharks (3D)
Sharks 3D - Presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Sharks 3D invites you to join the expert team of ocean explorers to document the life of the ultimate predator.

Jazz Café
Friday Evening Smithsonian Jazz Café - Now Featuring Latin Jazz Nights!