The Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum is a place that you must visit sometime during your life. This museum is located on Washington, DC’s iconic National Mall. Admission is free to everyone, and the doors stay open for 364 days per year.

All of this has led to it being the most-visited museum of natural history on the globe with more than seven million people visiting each year.

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Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum

The Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum was opened way back in 1910. It was one of the very first buildings that the Smithsonian built just to hold research facilities and national collections. The main building stretches over more than one million square feet. The collections include more than 126 million artifacts and specimens. More than 185 scientists also call the Museum of Natural History their place of business. This is the hugest assemblage of cultural and natural history scientists that has ever been brought together.

National Gem and Mineral Collection Exhibit

There are many interesting exhibits on display at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum. One of the most popular exhibits is the National Gem and Mineral Collection. This exhibit includes famous minerals and gems like the Star of Asia Sapphire and the Hope Diamond, that are both displayed in a large beautiful jewelry safe. In addition to these treasures, there are more than 15,000 other gems, 350,000 minerals and 300,000 ore and rock samples in this collection. However, the real stars of this interesting and informative show are the 35,000 meteorites on display. Many interesting people are responsible for collecting these specimens and allowing them to be displayed to the public. The example, the builder of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge Washington A. Roebling donated an astounding 16,000 specimens over to this one of a kind collection.

David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins Exhibit

The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins is another extremely popular museum exhibit. It was opened to mark the 100th anniversary of the museum on March 17, 2010. Koch was a man who donated $15 million of the funds to open the exhibit, which is dedicated to understanding humanity’s origins. There are 75 skull replicas on display along with a family tree that attempts to follow the proposed path of human evolution over six million years. Another interesting aspect off this exhibit is the Changing the World gallery, which is focused squarely on the issues that surround climate change along with the ways in which humanity is said to impact the environment. This exhibit has drawn widespread criticism for many of the hypotheses it puts forth.

Hall of Paleobiology

Hall of Paleobiology

People who are interested in learning about dinosaurs will enjoy the Hall of Paleobiology. This is an exhibit that showcases more than 570,000 reptiles from all over the world. Reptile and amphibians have increased in number in the National Collection by a percentage of 300% during the course of the last 40 years. The fossilized skeletons of dinosaurs like the tyrannosaurus rex are the crowning jewels of this exhibit. In fact, the way that the king of the dinosaurs is set up to fight the triceratops skeleton is a favorite part of the collection for many visitors. It sparks the imagination and helps people to visualize prehistoric times.

The Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum is an incredibly interesting place to visit. Parents can easily spark a love of learning and information in their children by bringing them to see these priceless artifacts.