Explore the breadth and splendor of the Museum’s collection through some of our most significant and beautiful artifacts and specimens.

Collections of real objects are what this museum is all about. Smithsonian researchers examine objects with a variety of scientific tools to reveal hidden complexities, while cultural communities turn to our collections to revitalize their traditions.

From their astonishing scale to surprising form to awe-inspiring rarity—experiencing these objects in person creates moments of wonder and curiosity that can’t be found elsewhere.