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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.

Hawaii by Air

In the early days of flight, getting to Hawaii, one of the most remote places on Earth, was a challenge. See how things have changed since then.

Heirloom Garden

The Heirloom Garden is a treasury of favorites from what may be considered the classic American flower garden.

How Things Fly

This interactive gallery explains the basic principles of air and space flight through hands-on activities.

In Search of Giant Squid

Two preserved giant squids are on view. The rare Taningia danae is often referred to as the world's largest flasher because of its ability to flash brilliant blue-green light in the ocean depths. Architeuthis dux, displayed in the museum since 1983, is the world's largest invertebrate.

Insect Zoo, O. Orkin

The Insect Zoo focuses on live insects and their relationships with plants, animals, and humans.

Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden, including the Keith Fountain

The Folger Rose Garden features a bed of roses in a rainbow of colors, along with selected annuals, perennials, and woody plants chosen for year-round interest.

Legend, Memory, and the Great War in the Air

This gallery features the emergence of air power in World War I and contrasts the romance of aerial combat with the reality.

Looking at Earth

This gallery traces the development of technology for viewing Earth from balloons, aircraft, and spacecraft.

Mammals, Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of

Travel to four continents to see some 274 mammals in lifelike poses in their natural habitat and learn about what they share in common and what makes them unique.

Mary Livingston Ripley Garden

Meander along the unusual curvilinear serpentine walkway in the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden to view more than 200 varieties of plants in hanging baskets and borders.

On the Water: Stories from Maritime America

This exhibition traces American maritime history from 18th-century sailing ships, to 19th-century steamboats and fishing craft, to today's huge container ships.

On Time

The changing ways Americans have measured, used and thought about time during the past 300 years is told through some 200 clocks, watches, and objects.

Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of those first two ventures outside the spacecraft, this exhibition presents art, photography, artifacts, and personal accounts that relate the continuing story of EVA.

Picture Puzzles: Red Cloud and His Uncle's Shirt

This exhibit case documents and reveals the extensive amount of research that goes into the reproduction of a single photograph for a publication, as well as the use of this information to identify an important artifact in the collection. 

Pioneers of Flight, Barron Hilton

This gallery features famous "firsts" and record-setting aviators during the 1920s and 30s.

Places of Invention

What is it about a particular place that excites a creative mind and sparks invention and innovation? Discover what can happen when the right mix of inventive people, ready resources, and inspiring surroundings come together.

Pollinator Garden

Stroll along the walkways in the Pollinator Garden to see four habitats of native plants that attract a variety of colorful butterflies spring through fall.


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