The Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History is much like the elephant that greets its visitors: large and wonderful. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History was first started in 1846. It was initially housed in the Smithsonian castle. Beginning in 1902, Congress appropriated funds to construct a brand new building on the current national mall. Eight years later, the current building for the Museum of Natural History opened its doors.
In the early days of the museum, only a few history and exhibits were offered. These included the United States’ exploring expeditions, wild west, and early American history. Fast forward to today and there are approximately a total of 17 exhibits. The following are just a few of the many exhibits of the Natural History Museum which boasts over 146 million artifacts: Bone Hall, Butterfly Pavilion, Hall of Fossils, Ancient Life in Egypt, Hall of Mammals, Ocean Hall, Bird Exhibit, and many others.
Nearby the Museum
Located at the epicenter of the National Mall, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is within close walking distance to all Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, WWI Memorial, and countless other memorials is still. However, please note that all public restrooms around the National Mall are closed. Tours to go to the top of the Washington Monument are also closed until further notice. Please note that all parking south of Independence Avenue SW, including Parking Lots A, B, and C on Ohio Drive SW, the Tidal Basin Parking Lot, and street parking on Ohio Drive in East Potomac Park is also closed.
Lodging While in Washington D.C.
We hope to have been able to help in planning part of your Washington D.C. itinerary. Additionally, we hope to see you here with us at American Guest House, a bed and breakfast in Washington D.C. conveniently located a 20-30 minute walk from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Furthermore, our DC inn is located in the heart of DuPont Circle and Adams Morgan. As we all continue to navigate a world affected by COVID-19, we hope you stay safe and healthy during these challenging times. See you soon!