Exhibits

New Exhibits

dinosaurs unearthed

Dinosaurs Unearthed
June 25, 2016–January 16, 2017

Roaring, moving, life-size dinosaurs invade the Academy for a multi-sensory experience for the whole family. » More

washintgon hair

Presidential Archives: Letters, Hair, and Fossils
July 1–29, 2016

Special exhibit running during the DNC. Includes hair, letters, fossils, and more from past presidents.

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Drawn to Dinosaurs

Drawn to Dinosaurs
Opens November 1, 2015

Featuring a full cast of the duck-billed dinosaur Hadrosaurus foulkii, this exhibit reveals the science and art of visualizing a living dinosaur based on fragmentary fossils. » More

Upcoming Exhibits

frogs

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors
February 4–May 15, 2017

Check out live frogs of many hues, listen to their colorful chorus, and admire the many ways they swim, hop, glide, and soar. 

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Signature Exhibits

butterfly

Butterflies!

Live butterflies from Central and South America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia inhabit our tropical garden. » More

Touching snake in Outside In

Outside In

Our indoor discovery center for children features hands-on activities and close encounters with live animals. » More

skeletal mount of Tyrannosaurus in Dinosaur Hall

Dinosaur Hall

More than 30 dinosaurs and other Mesozoic reptiles are represented in Dinosaur Hall. » More

The Big Dig

Dig for fossils in this hands-on exhibit. » More

Diorama of American pronghorn showing one male, three females and a young individual.

Dioramas

More than 35 dioramas present wildlife from Africa, Asia, and North America. » More

Library Gallery

Library Gallery

Our Library Reading Room is open to the public on weekday afternoons. » More

diorama parts, videos and a taxidermied gazelle in 'Secrets of the Diorama'

Secrets of the Diorama

Learn about the history of the dioramas and see how the plants, animals, and paintings were created. » More

school of fish in the What Eats What exhibit

What Eats What

What Eats What presents the consumers and producers that make up the food chain in a stream. » More

thorny oyster in 'Marveling at Mollusks'

Marveling at Mollusks

Nearly 100 specimens from the scientific collections of the Academy’s Malacology Department are on display. » More

mother and son looking at reconstruction of the fossil Tikaalik in Science at the Academy

Science at the Academy

The world-class science conducted at the Academy is on display. » More

books by Academy are on display in 'We Wrote the Book'

We Wrote the Book

Hundreds of books were written by men and women with ties to the Academy. » More

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