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National Museum of Natural History - Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian
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)
Free
202-633-1000
Through 10/20

The Rex Room

In a conservation room, visitors can observe, through one of two doorways, as scientists prepare the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton that will go on display in 2019.
10/25

Emerson String Quartet 2014-2015 Concert Series

Violinist Eugene Drucker and special guest, pianist Diane Walsh, perform works by Brahms, Bach and Saint-Saens. At the Baird Auditorium.
10/26

Rob Kapilow's What Makes It Great?

Kapilow leads a discussion on Schubert's "Impromptus" followed by a performance of the work by pianist Yuliya Gorenman. Presented with Washington Performing Arts. At the Baird Auditorium.
12/7

Emerson String Quartet 2014-2015 Concert Series

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.
9/29 - 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.
10/24 - 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 America.
Through 10/31/15

Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America

Examining the story of the last passenger pigeon, this exhibition features illustrations from the Biodiversity Heritage Library and Martha, the last passenger pigeon seen on Earth that died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914.
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 50th 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.