The fist time I visited the National Museum of Natural History, I was disappointed to say the least. As a wildlife biologist, I love this stuff. The mammals wing was awful. Common names only, poor displays, nothing that would make anyone excited about what they are seeing or learn about these fabulous and far away critters.
Well, the renovation to the mammal wing was extraordinary! It is spectacular. Scientific names, animals displayed in habitat setting with other non-related species, an interactive setting that lets you feel like you are among the forest or jungle or desert. It is my favorite part of the museum and must return soon for another visit.
The remainder of the museum is worth seeing as well. I also enjoy the entomology section. Again you can see the bugs and SEE the bugs. There are live specimens and an active bee colony.
Love, love, love this place.