Postcard Portfolio: National Museum of Natural History

A popular topic of discussion among EMPs is out of town museum experiences. Museum professionals seem to enjoy visiting museums in other parts of the world and dissecting their experience. It seemed logical that, as we traverse the globe, we share our museum experiences with you. Each addition to our Postcard Portfolio will provide a brief snapshot of our exhibit as we see the world one museum at a time.

pcportfolioThe Museum: National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC

The Visit: Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Best Thing: The Genome exhibit

The Worst Thing: The amount of lights and exhibits not working in the African exhibit

Why You Should Go: A great variety of exhibitions focusing on different aspects of natural science


  • Comic strips accompanying text panels
  • The Hope Diamond
  • A whale character asking questions geared toward younger visitors
  • Fascinating interactives in the Genome exhibit

This chart shows guests the variety of other people with similar genes and how different they appear on the outside

This guy was alongside most text panels, asking probing questions that encourage younger guests to think more deeply about the exhibit

While cool to look at, this tank ended up taking the majority of guest focus away from an exhibit about coral reef


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