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How Things Fly How Things Fly

This interactive gallery explains the basic principles of air and space flight through hands-on activities.

In Search of Giant Squid In Search of Giant Squid

Two preserved giant squids are on view. The rare Taningia danae is often referred to as the world's largest flasher because of its ability to flash brilliant blue-green light in the ocean depths. Architeuthis dux, displayed in the museum since 1983, is the world's largest invertebrate.

Insect Zoo, O. Orkin Insect Zoo, O. Orkin

The Insect Zoo focuses on live insects and their relationships with plants, animals, and humans.

Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden, including the Keith Fountain Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden, including the Keith Fountain

The Folger Rose Garden features a bed of roses in a rainbow of colors, along with selected annuals, perennials, and woody plants chosen for year-round interest.

Legend, Memory, and the Great War in the Air Legend, Memory, and the Great War in the Air

This gallery features the emergence of air power in World War I and contrasts the romance of aerial combat with the reality.

Looking at Earth Looking at Earth

This gallery traces the development of technology for viewing Earth from balloons, aircraft, and spacecraft.

Mammals, Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals, Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of

Travel to four continents to see some 274 mammals in lifelike poses in their natural habitat and learn about what they share in common and what makes them unique.

Mary Livingston Ripley Garden Mary Livingston Ripley Garden

Meander along the unusual curvilinear serpentine walkway in the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden to view more than 200 varieties of plants in hanging baskets and borders.

Milestones of Flight Milestones of Flight

This gallery features famous airplanes and spacecraft that exemplify the major achievements in the history of flight.

New Animals at the Zoo New Animals at the Zoo

Visit some of the newest members of the Zoo family.

On the Water: Stories from Maritime America On the Water: Stories from Maritime America

This exhibition traces American maritime history from 18th-century sailing ships, to 19th-century steamboats and fishing craft, to today's huge container ships.

On Time On Time

The changing ways Americans have measured, used and thought about time during the past 300 years is told through some 200 clocks, watches, and objects.

Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of those first two ventures outside the spacecraft, this exhibition presents art, photography, artifacts, and personal accounts that relate the continuing story of EVA.

Picture Puzzles: Red Cloud and His Uncle's Shirt Picture Puzzles: Red Cloud and His Uncle's Shirt

This exhibit case documents and reveals the extensive amount of research that goes into the reproduction of a single photograph for a publication, as well as the use of this information to identify an important artifact in the collection. 

Pioneers of Flight, Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight, Barron Hilton

This gallery features famous "firsts" and record-setting aviators during the 1920s and 30s.

Portraits of Planet Ocean: The Photography of Brian Skerry Portraits of Planet Ocean: The Photography of Brian Skerry

Captivating images by photojournalist Brian Skerry reveal the mystery and beauty of the undersea world.

Project HOPE: Forty Years of American Medicine Abroad Project HOPE: Forty Years of American Medicine Abroad

The history of the S.S. Hope,  an American medical philanthropy founded in Washington, DC, in 1958.

Science in the News: The Truth about Crystal Skulls Science in the News: The Truth about Crystal Skulls

On view for the first time is the Smithsonian's own crystal skull.

Since Darwin: The Evolution of Evolution Since Darwin: The Evolution of Evolution

This exhibition reveals the significant role Darwin's theories have played in explaining and unifying all the biological sciences.

Slates, Slide Rules, and Software: Teaching Math in America Slates, Slide Rules, and Software: Teaching Math in America

This showcase takes visitors back to the classroom by viewing an array of tools used to teach math throughout American history, from the 1800s to the present.


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