What Are Some Permanent Exhibits at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History?


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Some permanent exhibits at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History include the Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals, the Hall of Human Origins, the Dinosaurs/Hall of Paleobiology, the Hall of Mammals and the Insect Zoo. African Voices, Butterflies + Plants: Partners In Evolution, the Western Cultures Hall, the Korea Gallery and Osteology: Hall of Bones are other permanent exhibits.

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The Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals includes The Carmen Lúcia Ruby, one of the world's largest and finest ruby gemstones. It is a 23.1-carat Burmese ruby, set in a platinum ring with diamonds. The hall also features the Hope Diamond, the Star of Asia Sapphire and approximately 35,000 meteorites.

The Hall of Human Origins focuses on milestones of human evolution. It has 75 replica skulls and an interactive human family tree.

The Insect Zoo features live insects. Staff and volunteers feed tarantulas and work with live insects that visitors may touch and hold.

The Korea Gallery displays Korean traditions and examines the region's influence and role in the world today. The exhibit has ceramics and calligraphy, images of mythological figures, language and photographs and illustrations.

The Hall of Mammals is the largest collection of vertebrate specimens in the world.

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