Human/Nature: Why People Are Drawn to Living Things

September 30, 2023 – Summer 2025
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S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 3, Concourse

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Bringing plants and other elements from nature into our living spaces can help people stay connected to natural cycles. Dive into the notion of biophilia, the innate need for humans to connect with living things, especially with plants and explore how people have found ways to bring plants indoors. This exhibition also introduces visitors to the Smithsonian Gardens' Archives of American Gardens and invites you to explore the many gardens throughout our Smithsonian campus.