Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The Museum offers unique experiences for students of all ages. Come face to face with live butterflies, dinosaurs, five different human species, 17 different Australian mammal species, and an 8-ton elephant. It’s a great place for groups to meet and learn about the natural world and our place in it. Educator’s Guides available.

The National Museum of Natural History is one of the largest science classrooms in the world. The Education and Outreach Department through exhibitions, programs and online resources is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to better understand the natural world and our place in it by instilling a sense of wonder and responsibility.

Their work is built on a foundation of scientific research by its staff of over 150 scientists and curators as well as the national and international community of scientists. There are more than 126 million artifacts and specimens in thheir collections. Education Programs are designed to nurture curiosity, prompting the desire to know more—the Museum educators use every medium at their disposal to engage visitors around questions of how we know what we know. This process helps to promote scientific literacy and prepare individuals to accept responsibility for the natural world.

A visit to exhibitions such as the O. Orkin Insect Zoo and the Butterfly Pavilion bring the natural world up close and personal with the opportunity to interact with living creatures. Venues such as the Discovery Room offer a hands-on approach to learning, using artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s collections to make science and scientific processes real.