In order to view the collections at the Museum Support Center, or to visit the National Anthropological Archives, also located at the Museum Support Center, an appointment must be made in advance. Repatriation Office staff will set up these appointments for visitors on a repatriation consultation visit. The Smithsonian offers free shuttle service from the Mall entrance of the Natural History Museum to the Museum Support Center. It is also possible to use the Metrorail system to reach the Museum Support Center. The Suitland Metro stop on the Green line is located less than a mile walk from the Museum Support Center.
Three major airports service the Washington Metropolitan area. Dulles International and Baltimore Washington International (BWI) tend to offer less expensive airfares because they are located outside the city, but check with your airline or travel agent. Washington-Reagan Airport is the closest to downtown Washington and the National Museum of Natural History.
Baltimore/Washington International Airport
Baltimore, MD, (301) 261-1000, 1-800-I-FLY-BWI
Approximately 30 miles from Washington, DC. Ground transportation options include train, taxi, SuperShuttle and BWI Express. One way fares range from $4.10-$55. Travel time to the museum and downtown ranges from 30-50 minutes by car.
Dulles International Airport
Dulles, VA, (703) 572-2700
Approximately 26 miles west of the city. Ground transportation options include taxi (approx. $55), SuperShuttle (approx. $25), Washington Flyer Service between Dulles and the West Falls Church Metro Stop (every half hour, $14 round trip, $8 one way). Travel time to downtown ranges from 45 minutes to 1 hour plus by car.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Arlington County, VA, (703) 417-8000
Accessible by Metrorail's blue or yellow line. SuperShuttle and taxi fare to downtown ranges from approximately $12-$15. Travel time to downtown is approximately 15-20 minutes.
Metro is the local above-ground and below-ground public transportation within the D.C. area. Fares range from $1.35 to $3.90. Maps and farecard machines are prominently located in each station. The Smithsonian Station is located on the orange and blue lines. Be sure to take the Mall exit. Once above ground, you will be facing east and the NMNH is to the north. The National Museum of Natural History is a large white stone building with a blue-green dome, and it is directly across the Mall from the red stone building known as the Smithsonian Castle.
D.C. cabs do not use meters. The number of zones crossed on a trip sets the fare. Surcharges apply for rush hour, extra passengers, and luggage. Minimum fare is about $5. Your taxi driver will not automatically offer you a receipt, so be sure to ask for one.
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