National Museum of Natural History

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The National Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States. It has free admission and is open 364 days a year. In 2021, with 7.1 million visitors, it was the eighteenth most visited museum in the world and the second most visited natural history museum in the world after the Natural History Museum in London.[5] Opened in 1910, the museum on the National Mall was one of the first Smithsonian buildings constructed exclusively to hold the national collections and research facilities.[6] The main building has an overall area of 1.5 million square feet (140,000 m2) with 325,000 square feet (30,200 m2) of exhibition and public space and houses over 1,000 employees.[6]

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National Museum of Natural History
Main facade
Established1910; 113 years ago (1910)
LocationNational Mall in Washington, D.C., United States
Coordinates38.8913°N 77.0259°W / 38.8913; -77.0259
TypeNatural History
Collection size146,000,000 specimens [1]
  • 573,000 (2020) [2]
  • 4,200,000 (2019) [3]
  • 4,800,000 (2018) [4]
DirectorKirk Johnson
Employees427 [1]
Public transit access at Federal Triangle

The museum's collections contain over 145 million specimens[7] of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts, the largest natural history collection in the world.[8] It is also home to about 185 professional natural history scientiststhe largest group of scientists dedicated to the study of natural and cultural history in the world.