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National Museum of Natural History, DC

Smithsonian Institution

Overview

The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and education outreach programs. Opened in 1910, the green-domed museum on the National Mall was among the first Smithsonian building constructed exclusively to house the national collections and research facilities.

Whether looking at the history and cultures of Africa, describing our earliest Mammalian ancestor or primate diversity around the world, examining ancient life forms including the ever popular dinosaurs, or exploring the beauty of rare gemstones such as uniquely colored diamonds, the Museum's temporary and permanent exhibitions serve to educate, enlighten and entertain millions of visitors each year. The main building on the National Mall contains 1.5 million square feet of space overall and 325,000 square feet of exhibition and public space; altogether the Museum is the size of 18 football fields, and houses over 1000 employees.

Recreational Activities:

  • INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS
  • VISITOR CENTER

Address:

10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington,DC,20560-0166
Phone: 202-357-4548
Email: info@info.si.edu

Directions:

There is no public parking facility at the Smithsonian on the National Mall. On-street parking is limited and posted times are enforced. You can take Metrorail and exit at the Smithsonian Station (Mall exit). For more, see www.si.edu/visit/directions.htm

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