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Scientific Illustration Family Workshop


Image credit: James Di Loreto, Smithsonian

FREE ticketed event

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Museum educators lead your family through the process of mindful observations and then teach techniques for accurate illustration. Participants will use real museum specimens to practice observing and drawing. No previous drawing experience or skills needed. Registration is required, space is limited.

Before and after the workshop, participants can meet and talk with illustrators who create ocean science and botanical illustrations, view beautiful illustrations in rare books from Smithsonian Libraries and chat with a Smithsonian librarian (these experts will be in Q?rius from 1:30-4:30 p.m.).

Accessibility Information

The National Museum of Natural History is committed to providing inclusive experiences for all audiences. Please contact 202-633-3611 or email for access services. To view and print a map with accessible entrances, curb cuts, designated parking, and more for Smithsonian facilities on the National Mall, please download the Accessibility Map here. 

Sign Language Interpretation

If you would like to have a sign language interpreter or real-time captioning (CART), you should call (202) 633-3611 or send an e-mail to Please allow time to schedule the request by contacting the Accessibility Office at least 2 weeks prior to the program. We will do our best to accommodate last-minute requests.

Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20013-7012
United States

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