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National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution

National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution photo
(The Hope Diamond/Dane Penland, NMNH)
Dinosaurs, diamonds and dioramas are on display at this Smithsonian museum.
Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Summer hours are extended to 7:30 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day
unless the museum has a special event scheduled. Check the museum's Web site for details.
(The Mall)
Smithsonian (Blue, Orange lines), Archives-Navy Memorial (Green, Yellow lines), Federal Triangle (Blue, Orange lines)

Emerson String Quartet

The quartet performs Beethoven's String Quartet No. 13 and "Grosse Fugue" and selections from Bach's "The Art of Fugue.". At the Baird Auditorium.
11/24 - 12/8

Ongoing exhibits:

Explore various cultures and species, as well as different time periods through geology. Also on display is the Hope Diamond.
Through 12/12

Dom Pedro

The 14-inch obelisk is a 10,363-carat aquamarine.
Through 12/12

Living on an Ocean Planet

A new permanent exhibit that explores the ocean space and its relationship to human life.
Through 12/12

Mud Masons of Mali

Archival and contemporary photos and engravings representing the masons.
Through 4/20/15

Nature's Best 2013 Photography Awards: Windland Smith Rice International Awards

An exhibition of approximately 60 large-format images and photographers' stories highlight the beauty, power and humor of nature.
Through 8/16/15

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation

Through images, music, visual art and first-person narratives, this exhibition explores the influence and experience of Indian Americans in the United States.
Through 10/31/15

Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America

Examining the story of Martha, the last passenger pigeon seen on Earth, this exhibition features illustrations from the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
Through 12/12/15

Portraits of Planet Ocean: The Photography of Brian Skerry

An underwater journey through different marine environments by the award-winning photojournalist.
Through 12/12/15

Wilderness Forever: Celebrating 50 Years of Protecting America's Wilderness

A photography exhibition in celebration of the anniversary of the Wilderness Act features large-format images by professional, amateur and student photographers.
11/25 - 12/12/18

The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World

A large-scale fossil exhibition focused on the late Cretaceous period in North America allows visitors to view the fossils of Tyrannosaurus rex and other dinosaurs from a working preparation lab.