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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)

National Fossil Day

Visitors can make fossil rubbings, observe fossil preparation, talk to scientists and volunteers, see an exhibition about dinosaurs and become deputized as Junior Paleontologists by the National Park Service.
10/12 - 12/7

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

The photography exhibition celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act.
Through 12/12

Mud Masons of Mali

Archival and contemporary photos and engravings representing the masons.
Through 1/3/16

Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America

Examining the story of Martha, the last living passenger pigeon seen on Earth, this exhibition features illustrations from the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
Through 6/5/16

National Geographic Into Africa: The Photography of Frans Lanting

The exhibition offers a unique perspective of the continent.
10/24 - 10/1/16

Natures Best Photography: The Best of the Best

A curated selection of 20 years of nature photos by photographers from around the globe with images of wildlife and landscapes on large-format prints and HD videos.
Through 4/1/17

The Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed

Photographs by Feodor Pitcairn and poetry by Ari Trausti Guomundsson focus on the natural beauty of Iceland.
Through 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.