Trends With Benefits: Climate Change Threatens Smithsonian Museums

Lorrie S. Capres is the Deputy Director and Chief, Smithsonian Institution Conservation Program. One of her missions is to protect museums in the years to come, as climate change makes their building spaces vulnerable to flooding.

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“I see our libraries and research collections growing worse. We have information on things and that’s what’s keeping us going. So, having our outdoor facilities in this climate could be dangerous and very stressful for us.”

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Sensitive to the planet? Help America’s largest national museum conserve more of its priceless works of art, while ensuring the future of those images and cultural resources. Who: The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Where: The museum is located on the National Mall, just blocks from the Capitol. The museum’s more than 1.7 million annual visitors pay a nominal admission fee.

When: Nature and art works and the natural world in all of its wonder will provide an education about the urgency of the environmental crisis facing us.

Climate Change Threatens Smithsonian Museums

“We’re asking the public, young people particularly, to make a commitment to see this through. Hopefully an in the future generations they’ll say that’s something that, with our budget not being fixed, they’ll want us to do.”

When you go: The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is located at Independence Avenue Northwest and 17th Street Northwest in Washington, D.C. During the day, hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages 5 to 12) and military.


On this episode of Trends With Benefits, co-hosts Erin Burnett and Serafin Gomez discuss the story with Lorrie Capres of The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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About The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is the most-visited natural history museum in the United States. NMNH’s collections include more than 53 million specimens, including some artifacts thought to be the largest in the world. It maintains the most comprehensive and representative collection of terrestrial fossil fossils in the world and is a leading institution in America’s attempts to understand the Earth’s environment and the critical role of the biosphere. Its scientific programs receive approximately $108 million in annual support from the federal government.

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