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Eight million visitors a year come to the Museum to be inspired by the natural world. Innovative exhibits like Q?rius —a state-of-the-art educational space that invites visitors to interact with real specimens— are based on research performed by more than 400 of the Museum's very own scientists.
Scientists and the Museum collections are empowered by your support. They help us understand changes in the natural world— identifying threatened species, researching sources of infectious diseases, and how volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and emissions affect the planet.

You can help inspire generations of visitors-to-come and tomorrow's scientists by donating online today.

A gift designated to Deep Time makes it possible to renovate the dinosaur hall —one of the Museum's main attractions that first opened in 1910 as the Hall of Extinct Monsters— and to present the evolution of life on earth in an exciting new format as part of our Deep Time initiative.

With your support, we can launch the Global Genome initiative— in which scientists will collect and document DNA from all known living and extinct species. You will help them protect Earth's biodiversity.

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National Museum of Natural History
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