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"Make the Dirt Fly!": Building the Panama Canal

This exhibition explores the background, planning, and construction of the Panama Canal, focusing on 19th- and early 20th-century activities and concluding with events in 1915 marking the opening of the Canal. 

2006 Nature's Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards

View the winners in 15 categories from the 2006 Nature's Best International Windland Smith Rice Awards,  and the winners in 9 categories from the National Wildlife Photography Awards.  

A New Moon Rises: New Views from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

A New Moon Rises showcases breathtaking images from Apollo landing sites to majestic mountains that rise out of the darkness of the lunar poles. The 61 large prints presented in this exhibition reveal a celestial neighbor that is surprisingly dynamic, full of grandeur and wonder.

Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond celebrates the power of innovation. Packed with interactive challenges; vehicle concept models and prototypes; immersive media presentations; and inspiring innovator stories, this exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make impossible dreams take flight.

African Cosmos: Stellar Arts

See some 90 African art objects that were inspired by astronomical observations and phenomena, including rainbows and eclipses.

America by Air

This exhibition traces the history of commercial air transportation in the U.S. from 1914 to today and discusses how technological innovations have revolutionized air travel.

America on the Move

This exhibition examines how transportation -- from 1876 to 1999 -- has shaped our American identity.

American Bison

See American bison—the animal that inspired the founding of the National Zoo.

American Enterprise

Learn how business and innovation helped the United States develop from a small dependent agricultural nation to one of the world's largest economies.

An Odyssey in Print: Adventures in the Smithsonian Libraries, Part 2

Nearly 100 examples of lavishly illustrated books, representing more than 500 years of printing, are on view.  

Apollo to the Moon

This gallery traces NASA's manned space program beginning with Project Mercury's Freedom 7 (5/5/61); then the Gemini Project (1965-66); followed by the Apollo Program (1967-1972), with Apollo 17 as the last manned exploration of the moon.

Archiving the History of an Epidemic: HIV and AIDS, 1985-2009

Archival materials reveal how individuals and society were affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Artificial Anatomy: Papier-Mache Anatomical Models

Examples from the museum's unique collection of papier-mache anatomical models constructed by French physician Dr. Louis Thomas Jerome Auzoux (1797-1880) are used to explore the history and educational use of such models for the medical and lay person.

Benedicte Wrensted: An Idaho Photographer in Focus

View photos of European and Native Americans taken by Danish immigrant Benedicte Wrensted in her Pocatello, Idaho studio in the late 19th century.

Birds of the District of Columbia

Year-round and seasonal residents, migrants and vagrants—hundreds of bird species—are displayed.

Blast from the Past

This showcase features a 11.5-meter tubular core sample that shows physical and biological effects of Earth's collision with a giant asteroid 65 million years ago, which resulted in the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution

This exhibition shows how butterflies have evolved, adapted, and diversified with their plant partners over millions of years. Includes a live butterfly experience (tickets required).

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.


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