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Department ofBotany

Anigozanthos viridis, photo by R.A. Howard


Each year, the Department of Botany receives visitors from research institutions around the world. The purpose of such visits usually involves working with the vast botanical collections maintained by the Department and consulting with members of the staff on the subject of their research.

ARRANGE YOUR VISIT: The logistics of arranging a visit are quite simple. Contact the Collections Manager, Rusty Russell, and provide the following information: name, institutional affiliation, dates of visit, and purpose of visit. Ensure that sufficient notice is given so that necessary arrangements can be made for you. Also be aware that the collection is not open on weekends or government holidays.

ACCOMMODATIONS: The Department of Botany is located in the National Museum of Natural History at 10th and Constitution, NW(on the Mall). As such, there are very few hotels within walking distance. However, we are quite accessible by Metro subway (at either Smithsonian, Federal Triangle or Archives/Navy Memorial stations) which ties us to numerous hotels and bed & breakfast houses in the city, and by the Metro bus system.

TRANSPORTATION: Washington is served by three major airports - Ronald Reagan National Airport (most convenient for domestic travelers), Dulles International, and Baltimore-Washington International (BWI).
  • From Ronald Reagan National (703-685-8000) you can take either a taxi (around $8-10) or the Metro subway to Smithsonian station.
  • From Dulles (703-661-2700) a taxi cab may cost up to $25 or more depending on the time of day. Another option is to take the Washington Flyer shuttle (703-685-1400) to the West Falls Church station on the Metro.
  • From BWI (410-859-7111) you may take an Airport Connection limosine (301-441-2345) that stops at the New Carrollton Metro or transfer to the BWI Amtrak Station (410-672-6167) and take Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) trains to Union Station in Washington...(202-906-3104). Union Station is also served by the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter trains originating in Fredericksburg, VA.

    We are also accessible directly by inter-city trains stopping at Union Station in Washington. Check Amtrak for more information and schedules.

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