Best Science Exhibits in Washington, D.C.

August 11, 2014 8:00 AM

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One of the best things to look forward to in grade school are the field trips, especially field trips to the science museum because everything is so interesting. Whether you are an adult who still loves to explore the ever-evolving world of science, or you want your children to experience more than their smart phones, there are plenty of exhibits to choose from. Here are a few of the best science exhibits in D.C.

“Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed”
National Geographic Museum
1145 17th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 857-7588

Date: Now through Sept. 14, 2014

The National Geographic Museum has always had some of the most interesting and captivating exhibits in both the D.C. area and the country. One of its newest exhibits, “Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed,” continues that tradition. People have always been curious about ancient cultures, archaeological digs and treasure. This exhibit combines all of those things into one fascinating exploration of a beautiful culture. Visitors can expect to marvel at nearly a hundred object borrowed from Peru, highlighting the pre-Incan time period. These artifacts may never be back in the United States, so make sure you take some time out to visit this fantastic exhibit.

“Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code”
National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 633-1000

Date: Now through Sept. 1, 2014

One of the many questions plaguing mankind is why we are the way we are. We have come a long way over many years, decades and centuries, but there is still so much we don’t know. The double helix structure of DNA was discovered over 60 years ago, and just 10 years ago The Human Genome Project was completed. Now we are getting closer and closer to even more amazing discoveries and eventual applications for these important findings. Explore just how far we’ve come to unlocking life’s code.

“Explore The Universe”
National Air and Space Museum
Independence Ave. at 6th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000

Date: Ongoing

Scientists don’t know everything about the minute things that make humans the way they are, and even less about the universe. Regardless, they have made significant discoveries over the years, continuing to try to answer the burning questions. “Explore The Universe” at the Air and Space Museum examines what we don’t know, what we do know, how we discovered what we know now and how far we have to go. From the Digital Age to Islamic astrolabes, the universe may always be a mystery.

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“The Early Sixties: American Science”
National American History Museum
1400 Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 633-1000

Date: Now through Dec. 14, 2014

The 60s are probably most remembered for the fashions, Civil Rights Movement, JFK and the moon landing. But the 60s was also a decade filled with scientific advancements and discoveries. In 1964, the American History Museum was opened, and now on its 50th anniversary, the museum is celebrating those scientific discoveries. The museum played its part during the 60s in showing America the importance of previous discoveries, and now it is doing the same by highlighting the advancements made in that decade. Take a look at just how important the 60s were to science in America.

“Lights At Night”
Koshland Science Museum
525 E St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 334-1201

Date: Ongoing

Looking down on parts of the earth from hundreds of thousands of feet up in the air can open your eyes to just how beautiful the planet really is. So looking down from miles above the earth can be breathtaking. Satellite images allow us to look at our planet in a new way, learn about our patterns and make discoveries we didn’t realize we could. The Koshland Science Museum’s interactive “Lights At Night” exhibit explores the earth at night, what it says about our energy usage and how this effects the world.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on

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