Spend a Fun-Filled Day at the National Museum of Natural History


Are you looking for something different to do this weekend? Then head to the National Museum of Natural History.

An easy drive from our Forestville, MD apartments, it’s where you can immerse yourself in the incredible story of our planet, from its fiery beginning through billions of years of transformation. 

The museum’s collection features 145 million artifacts and specimens, and each one reflects a moment in space and time.

There are a variety of exhibits to explore with highlights including:

David H. Koch Hall of Fossils

Step into this new permanent exhibit to travel through ancient ecosystems and witness the evolution of life. You’ll learn how to interpret the scientific evidence of the past and present, and see early insects, Alaskan palm trees, and a dramatically posed Tyrannosaurus rex.  

Butterfly Pavilion

As a tropical oasis, the Butterfly Pavilion is home to 300 free-flying butterflies. It features dozens of species including the Heliconius. These passion-vine butterflies have been studied by evolutionary biologists for over 150 years. They’re known for their delicate flight pattern, and unlike most butterflies, the females feed on both pollen and nectar. 

Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals

The animals in this exhibit are posed from the floor to the ceiling. They range from familiar species to one so rare that scientists didn’t know it existed until the early 1900s. Visitors can also watch a short film that covers the mammal family tree and highlights the changes its members have experienced over the last 225 million years.

Admission is free, and the museum is open 364 days a year.

If you would like to live near the National Museum of Natural History and other renowned cultural attractions, please contact us. We will gladly give you a tour of our apartment community where you can see firsthand all we have to offer.

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