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For more information or to book a reservation, call Group Sales at 866-868-7774 or 202-633-IMAX. Our reservation lines are open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m.—5 p.m. EST

Groups can also book reservations online or via fax or email using the group reservation PDF form. Completed forms should be faxed to 202-633-7192 or emailed to groupsales@si.edu. Confirmations will be sent upon receipt.

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Dining

Atrium Café
Kids of all ages will delight in the food choices at the Atrium Café. Diners may choose from pizza, a variety of hot dogs, or pick up a specialty sandwich and a cup of soup. Hamburgers, chicken tenders and salads are always available. Guests can finish their meal with a dinosaur cookie, pastry or ice cream.

Dining Dollars Food Vouchers
Available in denominations of $10, $12, $15 or $20, Dining Dollars are good for face value and can be used towards the purchase of any food item and include a complimentary soft drink.
No change given. If value is exceeded, patron agrees to pay difference, including tax.

Kids Meal Vouchers (Bulk) $7 each
Discounted meal options are available for kids ages 12 and under.

Choose from the following options:
Option 1:  Hot Dog
Option 2:  Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
Option 3:  Slice of Cheese Pizza

All options served with whole fruit, 1 oz. chips, 20 oz. fountain beverage or milk.

Title I Kids Meal Vouchers (Bulk) $5.50 each
Additional discounts are available for Title I schools. Proof of Title I status must accompany order.

Choose from the following options:
Option 1:  Hot Dog
Option 2:  Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

All options served with whole fruit, 1 oz. chips, 20 oz. fountain beverage.

Adult Meal Vouchers (Bulk) $10 each

Choose from the following options:
Option 1:  Hamburger, Cheeseburger, or Hot Dog
Option 2:  Entrée Salad
Option 3:  Slice of Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza

All options served with whole fruit, 1 oz. chips, 20 oz. fountain beverage.

For Dining Dollars, Kids Meal and Adult Meal Vouchers, the following restrictions apply:
Discount available for advanced sales only, not valid for same day purchases. Minimum order of 10, no complimentary vouchers issued. No reserved seating. Vouchers expire 9/26/15. 2015 vouchers can be exchanged for 2016 vouchers. To qualify for exchange, Smithsonian Group Sales & Reservations office must receive unused vouchers no later than 9/24/15.

Breakfast
Start the day with a group breakfast at the Smithsonian! Breakfast menus are offered daily from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

The Continental Breakfast $12 per person
Assorted pastries, fresh fruit, tea and coffee.

The All American Breakfast $12.95 per person
Featuring a spread of cage-free scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, choice of one breakfast meat: pork country sausage, turkey sausage, or sugar cured ham steak, and biscuits. Selection of coffee & teas fresh squeezed orange juice included.
Breakfast is also available at the National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Castle.

For Dining Dollars, Kids Meal and Adult Meal Vouchers, the following restrictions apply:
Discount available for advanced sales only, not valid for same day purchases. Minimum order of 10, no complimentary vouchers issued. No reserved seating. Vouchers expire 9/26/15. 2015 vouchers can be exchanged for 2016 vouchers. To qualify for exchange, Smithsonian Group Sales & Reservations office must receive unused vouchers no later than 9/24/15.

Ice Cream Social $6 per person
You scream, I scream—we all scream for ice cream! Enjoy a group ice cream social from 3-4 p.m. at the National Museum of Natural History. Choose from 4 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream and toppings including sprinkles, whipped cream and cookie crumbs. Upgrade your ice cream social to a grand experience with the addition of premium toppings like brownie bites, bananas, strawberries, hot fudge, and caramel sauce (additional $2 per person).

Also available at the National Museum of American History.

Wine and Cheese Happy Hour $19 per person
Take a break from 3-4 p.m. to enjoy an afternoon wine and cheese happy hour at the Smithsonian.

Savor a selection of artisan and local hand-crafted cheeses while you sip premium American wines including Chardonnay, Pinot Nior and Cabernet Sauvignon. Served with membrillo, dried fruits and rustic breads. Sparkling and still water also available.

Also available at the National Museum of American History, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

Dinner $15.95 per person
Unwind after a day of exploration with dinner at the Atrium Café. Visitors can choose from a variety of food options that accommodate all dietary needs.

Available from 5:30-7 p.m., also available at the National Museum of American History.

    Entrées (Pick 1):
  • Baked Quarter Chicken
  • Lasagna

  • Sides (Pick 2):
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • House Salad

  • Served with:
  • Dinner Roll or Garlic Bread
  • Fountain Drink or Milk
  • Cookie or Ice Cream Sandwich

Dinner $18.95 per person
Unwind after a day of exploration with dinner at the Atrium Café. Visitors can choose from a variety of food options that accommodate all dietary needs.

Available from 5:30-7 p.m., also available at the National Museum of American History.

    Entrées:
  • Baked Quarter Chicken
  • Lasagna

  • Sides (Pick 2):
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • House Salad

  • Served with:
  • Dinner Roll or Garlic Bread
  • Fountain Drink or Milk
  • Cookie or Ice Cream Sandwich
Breakfast, Ice Cream Social, Wine and Cheese Happy Hour and Dinner must be booked at least 72 hours in advance and have a minimum of 40 guests.

Food-Allergic Individuals: Be aware that we handle and prepare egg, milk, wheat, shellfish, fish, soy, peanut, and tree nut products, and other potential allergens in the food production areas of our facility. Please direct questions to the restaurant manager.

Theaters

Samuel C. Johnson IMAX® Theater
Groups of 10 or more receive discounted tickets to daytime education films at the Johnson IMAX Theater.
Groups receive 1 complimentary ticket per every 20 purchased (excludes bulk vouchers). Discounts available for advanced sales only. Discount not applicable for same day purchases. Additional discounts available for Title I schools. Restrictions apply.

IMAX Theater Vouchers (Bulk) $6 each
Need some flexibility? Groups can purchase vouchers to the Smithsonian IMAX Theaters and Planetarium in bulk. Vouchers are good for any daytime educational film.
Minimum order of 10, no complimentary vouchers issued. No reserved seating. Vouchers expire 9/26/15. 2015 vouchers can be exchanged for 2016 vouchers. To qualify for exchange, Smithsonian Group Sales & Reservations office must receive unused vouchers no later than 9/24/15

IMAX On Demand
View a special morning screening of your favorite IMAX film before the museum opens. IMAX On Demand screenings are offered for groups of 20 or more (40 for Title I Schools) every morning at 9:15 or 9:30 a.m.
Minimum 1 week notice required to book dates, film choices are subject to availability.

IMAX and Planetarium Adventure Library »

Live Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly + Plants: Partners in Evolution

Take a stroll among live butterflies and exotic plants! This tropical oasis offers visitors a rare opportunity to get close to a variety of living butterflies from all over the world. Purchase tickets in advance to avoid sold out time-slots. Tickets are required and are timed-entry in 15-minute intervals, 40 tickets per timeslot. One chaperone per 10 students is required to enter the pavilion.

The Butterfly Pavilion is a brightly lit space filled with living plants and many different butterflies. The climate-controlled environment is kept at 80°F, and 80% humidity. The pavilion is handicap accessible. However, neither strollers nor camera tripods are permitted in the space.
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