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FIRST FLOOR | EXHIBIT
African Bush Elephant
Learn about the ecology of African elephants, their place in geologic time, and their connections to humans, including the threats they face from poachers.
FIRST FLOOR | EXHIBIT
African Voices
Examine the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa's peoples and cultures over time in the realms of family, work, community, and the natural environment. 
SECOND FLOOR | EXHIBIT
Bone Hall
Compare and contrast the skeletons of flying fish, a massive sea turtle, snakes, a giraffe, monkeys, and many more vertebrates. Learn what skeletons tell us about how different animals live.
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Butterfly Pavilion
Walk through our butterfly pavilion filled with tropical plants and live, flittering butterflies. Explore how plants and butterflies have evolved in response to each other.
SECOND FLOOR | EXHIBIT
Challenging the Face of Science: The Bearded Lady Project
This new exhibition highlights the unsung achievements of female paleontologists and examines the obstacles they face because of their gender.
FIRST FLOOR | EXHIBIT
David H. Koch Hall of Fossils - Deep Time
Journey through time from the beginning of life on Earth through the reign of the dinosaurs to the present, a time of immense planetary changes.
FIRST FLOOR | EXHIBIT
David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins
Meet your closest ancestors and relatives in this exploration of human evolution. Discover fascinating stories of extinction and survival, and learn what set us apart from other species.
GROUND FLOOR | EXHIBIT
Documenting Diversity: How Anthropologists Record Human Life
Learn about the history of anthropological fieldwork and the diversity of human life through works on paper, photography, sound, and film from archival and library collections.
SECOND FLOOR | EXHIBIT
Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt
Uncover the world of ancient Egypt through the ceramics, tools, and jewelry found in ancient tombs, along with four mummies from over 2000 years ago that have been uncovered through modern science and technology.
SECOND FLOOR | EXHIBIT
Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals
Dig in to unearth the secrets of our planet’s gems, minerals, rocks, earthquakes, and volcanoes. Examine meteorites that hold the mysteries of the formation of our solar system.
FIRST FLOOR | EXHIBIT
Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals
Can you find a leaping tiger, a pink fairy armadillo, or a South American kinkajou? These animals, many of which you can’t see anywhere else, highlight the incredible variety of the mammal family.
ATRIUM FIRST FLOOR | EXHIBIT
Mega-toothed Shark
Come face-to-face with a 52-foot-long model of a female mega-toothed shark suspended above our new dining area.
SECOND FLOOR | EXHIBIT
O. Orkin Insect Zoo
Get up close and personal with live insects and their many-legged relatives. Watch a tarantula eat lunch and hold a hissing cockroach. Learn about the diversity of bees, flies, and other insects.
SECOND FLOOR | EXHIBIT
Objects of Wonder
Explore the breadth, depth, and splendor of the world's most extensive natural history collection. View some of the most intriguing, beautiful, and awe-inspiring objects in our collection.
SECOND FLOOR | TEMPORARY EXHIBIT
Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World
Join epidemiologists, veterinarians, public health workers, and citizens across the globe as they work together to identify viruses in animals and humans and contain infectious disease outbreaks.
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Q?rius jr. – Now located in Q?rius
Students in grades K-5 get a chance to practice their scientific inquiry skills as they interact with items from the museum’s collections.
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Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center
Get details about this interactive learning space, including location, hours, events, and activities.
FIRST FLOOR | EXHIBIT
Sant Ocean Hall
Dive into the ocean, from the shore down to the ocean floor. Travel through time, from the origins of the ocean 3.8 billion years ago to the challenges and opportunities the ocean presents today.
FIRST FLOOR | TEMPORARY EXHIBIT
Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola’s Ancient Seas
Get up close to the fossil remains of giant reptiles—mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, and sea turtles— that once ruled the sea off the coast of West Africa 88 – 66 million years ago.
Image Credit: Karen Carr Studio Inc. for the Paleo Angola Project and SeaMonsters Unearthed. 
SECOND FLOOR | EXPERIENCE
The Garden Lounge
Relax and recharge among an indoor garden of live plants. While you soak in the green, learn why and how plants “move” to survive and thrive.
FIRST FLOOR | EXHIBIT
Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans
Contemporary artists reflect on our influence on Earth's recent past, present, and future in this new exhibition. 
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