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21st Annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards
October 19, 2016 – September 2017

Named for nature photographer and conservationist, Windland Smith Rice, the 21st annual Nature’s Best Photography Awards exhibition presents a collection of 83 fine art prints accompanied by an HD video. 

Natural History Museum
100 Years of America's National Park Service: Preserve, Enjoy, Inspire
August 4, 2016 – August 2017

The National Park Service turns 100 this year! To celebrate, the National Park Service has teamed up with the National Museum of Natural History to present over 50 images by award-winning photographers, showcasing America's national parks.

Natural History Museum
Turtle Ocean
June 8, 2016 – Closing TBD

An art installation composed entirely of recycled plastic trash and marine debris, Turtle Ocean depicts an entangled Hawksbill turtle swimming in an environment of water bottle sea jellies and beached flip flop anemones along with marine debris seaweed and coral made of old buoys, crates, and buckets.

Natural History Museum
Life in One Cubic Foot
March 4, 2016 – TBA

What can we discover in just a cubic foot of ocean? Enter the small worlds of marine biocubes to find out!

Natural History Museum
Color in a New Light
January 23, 2016 – March 2017

Most of us take color for granted. We simply see it the moment that light beams from or reflects off an object, enters our eyes, and is processed by our brains. But do we stop to think what color actually is? Journeying through the collections of the Smithsonian Libraries-from chemistry to catalogs, from colorblind tests to couture-we might see color in a new light.

Natural History Museum
African Elephant
September 4, 2015 – Ongoing

Our iconic 12-ton, 14-foot-tall African Elephant has undergone a remake! The new setting explores the evolution of elephants from their earliest predecessors to the three modern-day species. Learn about elephant behavior and the threats facing elephants today. 

Natural History Museum
Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed
July 2, 2015 – April 2017, TBA

Photographer Feodor Pitcairn and poet Ari Trausti Guðmundsson reveal a land of fire, ice, hardy life, and natural beauty. Experience the remote beauty of Iceland, a land sculpted by the elements and forged by active geologic activity.

Natural History Museum
National Geographic Into Africa: The Photography of Frans Lanting
June 4, 2015 – Summer 2016

Take a personal journey into the wonders of wild Africa as seen through the lens of National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting.

Natural History Museum
The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World
November 25, 2014 – 2018 (TBA)

How do we learn about dinosaurs and their ecosystems? Come see some of their fossils and find out!

Natural History Museum
FossiLab
June 2014 – Permanent

This glass enclosed lab allows visitors to watch museum paleontologists and trained volunteers extract fossils from rock and construct fossil casts and molds.

Natural History Museum
Fragile Beauty: The Art & Science of Sea Butterflies
September 17, 2013 – TBA

Through larger-than-life sculptures, learn how some of the smallest creatures in the ocean—ocean pteropods (“sea butterflies”)—are faring in the face of increasing ocean acidification.

Natural History Museum
Living on an Ocean Planet
September 17, 2013 – Permanent

Explore our connections to the ocean and discover ideas and tools for each of us to help keep those connections healthy and sustainable.

Natural History Museum
Mud Masons of Mali
August 31, 2013 – Indefinitely

Discover how mud masons maintain the spectacular traditional architecture of Djenne, Mali, in the modern world.

(Closed Nov. 30 to Feb. 14, 2016)

Natural History Museum
Census of Marine Life/A Decade of Discovery
September 14, 2012 – TBA

Learn about the Census of Marine Life, the most comprehensive inventory of known marine life ever compiled and cataloged.

Natural History Museum
Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt
November 17, 2011 – Indefinitely

Learn about Egyptian burial ritual and cosmology and what they reveal about life in ancient Egypt.

Natural History Museum
The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human?
March 17, 2010 – Indefinitely

This major exhibition hall focuses on the story of human origins and probes the ecological and genetic connections that human beings have had with the natural world over time.

Natural History Museum
The Sant Ocean Hall
September 27, 2008 – Permanent

Dive in with Phoenix—a model of an actual North Atlantic right whale—and discover how the ocean is a global system essential to all life in this exhibition featuring hundreds of preserved marine specimens, a living coral reef, and many interactive displays.

Natural History Museum
Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution
February 15, 2008 – Permanent

This exhibition shows how butterflies have evolved, adapted, and diversified with their plant partners over millions of years. Includes a live butterfly experience (tickets required).

Natural History Museum
Korea Gallery
June 8, 2007 – Indefinitely

On view are some 85 objects, including Korean ceramics, wooden furniture, stone and wooden sculptures, paintings, and textiles.

Natural History Museum
Mammals, Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of
November 15, 2003 – Ongoing

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.

Natural History Museum

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