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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 4/26

Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty

Approximately 300 orchids at a time will be on view during this exhibition about technological innovations that have enhanced our knowledge and appreciation of orchids.
5/10

Emerson String Quartet

Joined by special guests violist Paul Neubauer and cellist Colin Carr, violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist Paul Watkins perform works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky as well as the Washington premiere of Lowell Leibermann's 2014 work, New String Quartet. At the Baird Auditorium.
Through 8/16

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 12/12

Mud Masons of Mali

Archival and contemporary photos and engravings representing the masons.
Through 12/12

Portraits of Planet Ocean: The Photography of Brian Skerry

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

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.
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 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 and other dinosaurs from a working preparation lab.