Government Shutdown and Important Information
All effective January 2, 2019 all Smithsonian’s including the National Zoo are now closed until further notice. The National Gallery of Art and the Sculpture Garden are open today only (Jan. 2nd) until 5:00pm and will be closed beginning January 3rd.
The following are open for business: the Capitol Visitors Center, Botanic Garden, National Women’s Museum, Madame Tussauds*, the Newseum*, Museum of the Bible*and the National Law Enforcement Museum*. All outdoor Memorials are open but do not have restroom facilities.
The privately owned Museums noted with an * do require an entrance fee.
On Saturday January 19, 2019 OTT DC will be closed for day tours due to the 2019 Annual Women’s March on Washington. Night tour runs normally.
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Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

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Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History

Ever wonder if there’s any truth to the curse of the famous Hope Diamond? Or wish you could see for yourself the fossils of an ancient mammal or a dinosaur? Then step inside the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Millions of people come each year to get a close look at some of the world’s most intriguing, beguiling specimens that the Museum has on display.

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As part of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum offers an astounding view of the natural world, from rare gems, minerals and animals to insects, plants and other interesting items. See for yourself the amazing beauty of the Hope Diamond or the incredible remains of an ancient bull.

In its 1.5 million square feet, more than 125 million pieces are on display.

Explore and discover the intricacies of the natural world, feed a real tarantula and witness the living history of various species. From interactive exhibits to tours, educational programs and fascinating demonstrations, the museum is one of the most thrilling experiences in the National Mall.

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