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Location: 10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Federal Triangle (BLUE and ORANGE Lines) and Smithsonian (BLUE and ORANGE Lines)
Hours: open daily except December 25, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Opened to the public in 1910, the central portion of the National Museum of Natural Museum of Ntural History was designed by the Washington firm of Hornblower and Marshall in classical style faced with granite. The east and west wings were added in the early 1960's.
Recognized as on e of the world's great centers for the study of humankind and our natural surroundings, this museum incorporates a total floor area of more than 20 acres. Permanent exhibitions span two floors in halls radiating from a cavernous central rotunda where a record eight-ton (*,128-kg) African bush elephant is displayed.
From the legendary Hope Diamond and the facinating Insect Zoo to the ever-popular dinosaurs, this museum brings into sharp focus the history of humankind and the evolution of the world in which people live. Such feature as the Discovery Room, where visitors can touch and examin museum speciments, serves to capture the imagination and enhance the understanding of yourng and old alike.
Outside, flanking the Mall entrance steps are two natural science culptures-a 2.5 billion-year-old massive boulder of banded iron ore from Michagan's Upper Peninusla an two large petrified logs rom Holbrook, Arizona.
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