National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Bird House and bird plateau Floor Plan

Millions of beating wings, thousands of miles, extraordinary colors. Bird migration is one of the most spectacular events in the natural world, and by 2021, the Smithsonian's National Zoo’s historic 1928 Bird House will transform into a first-of-its-kind attraction that immerses visitors in the annual journeys of western hemisphere birds.

With almost 100 species of birds, the Bird House and the surrounding bird plateau will be the first zoo exhibition of this size that focuses on the cyclical journeys of migratory songbirds, waterfowl, and shorebirds integral to North, Central, and South American ecosystems. Through themed walk-through aviaries, interactive experiences, and dynamic educational programming, the Bird House will inspire and connect visitors to birds in entirely new ways.