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Celebrating 100 Years at the National Museum of Natural History

This photographic exhibition highlights the behind-the-scenes research that advances scientific knowledge and inspires the museum's public educational programs.

Chasing Venus: Observing the Transits of Venus, 1631-2004

Through books, manuscripts, and period scientific instruments, this exhibition examines the 'transit of Venus', the scientific and nationalist debates of the day, and explains the event's significance today.

COBOL

Learn about COBOL, or Common Business Oriented Language, one of the first computer-programming languages to run successfully on different brands of computers, in this case.

Cosmos in Miniature: The Remarkable Star Map of Simeon De Witt

This exhibition features the oldest surviving Anglo-American star map, hand-drawn by Simeon De Witt, surveyor for George Washington.

Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska

Jointly prepared by the Smithsonian and the Soviet Academy of Sciences, the exhibition presents the cultures of Alaska and Siberia from the end of the Ice Age Era to modern times.

Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations

The history of Cyprus is revealed through a rich collection of antiquities, many of which are traveling outside the country for the first time.

Dinosaurs: Reptiles, Masters of Land

All of the old favorites are on view in the exhibition hall—Diplodocus, T. rex, and Triceratops—and more.

Earth from Space

See precise, up-to-date images captured by high-tech satellites, used by geologists, meteorologists, and other scientists to study how the Earth changes from day to day and year to year.

Edison After Forty

This exhibition of 60 photographs focuses on the later years of Thomas Edison's career.

Electricity: Lighting a Revolution

This exhibition reveals how Thomas Edison's incandescent electric light bulb and other inventions transformed our world.

Elephant Trails

As part of the Zoo's campaign to save Asian elephants, this expanded and transformed home for the Zoo's Asian elephants provides new indoor and outdoor space and features a variety of habitats that support the natural behavior of the multi-generational herd.

Enid A. Haupt Garden

A 4.2-acre rooftop park, named for its donor, features an embroidered parterre in a geometric design of plants and flowers rotated seasonally.

Explore the Universe

Learn what scientists think our universe is like, how the present scientific view of the universe came to be, how our universe is being shaped today, and what mysteries remain.

Exploring the Planets

This exhibition highlights the history and achievements of planetary exploration, both Earth-based and by spacecraft.

Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910

Travel with us to the surface of the moon, the center of the earth, and the depths of the ocean—to the fantastic worlds of fiction inspired by 19th-century discovery and invention.

Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants

This exhibition provides a look at life from an ant's point of view through large-format photographs of ants going about their daily business, a cast of an underground ant city, and a live ant colony.

Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War

This exhibition reviews the early history of submarines and their radical transformation after World War II.

Franklin and His Friends: Portraying the Man of Science in Eighteenth-Century America

See portraits of Benjamin Franklin and his friend, men who shared a passion for science.

Freeze Frame: Eadweard Muybridge's Photography of Motion

This exhibition examines Muybridge's (1830-1904) career and his production of thousands of images that capture progressive movements within fractions of a second -- movements imperceptible to the human eye.

Giant Panda Habitat, David M. Rubenstein Family

The David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat is home to four giant pandas: Tian Tian (adult male), Mei Xiang (adult female), Bao Bao (juvenile female), and a male cub named Bei Bei. The panda house is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 p.m. summer). However, the line for the panda house may close early if crowds are heavy.


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