Natural History Museum

The museum's collections total over 125 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts.

Natural History Museum

It is the second most popular of all of the Smithsonian museums and is also home to about 185 professional natural history scientists    the largest group of scientists dedicated to the study of the natural and cultural history in the world.

From the Prehistoric age of dinosaurs

Natural History Museum

to the creatures of the sea

Natural History Museum

to the land animals of today

Natural History Museum

you may even see one of your ancestors

Natural History Museum

The museum was established in 1910, with its building designed by Hornblower & Marshall. The building, designed in the neoclassical architectural style.

The National Gem and Mineral Collection is one of the most significant collections of its kind in the world. The collection includes some of the most famous pieces of gems and minerals such as the famous Hope Diamond and the Star of Asia Sapphire. There are over 375,000 individual mineral samples, and a research collection used by scientists around the world.

The Hope Diamond is one of the most popular attractions in the exhibit. It weighs 45.52 carats, and is most well known for the supposed curse that it puts on its owners. Almost all of the previous owners of the diamond have been forced to sell it out of financial strife. The Star of Asia Sapphire has no curse on it, and is one of the largest sapphires in the world, weighing in at an astonishing 330 carats.

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