An Article In Meteorite-Times Magazine
by Martin Horejsi of  Martin Horejsi's Meteorite and Tektite Books


Wandering the Smithsonian's

Meteorite Display

For the meteorite enthusiasts, few museum displays in the world can compete with that of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D. C.

For this month’s installment of the Accretion Desk, I have posted a photo tour of the public display of meteorites. In prior Accretion Desk columns, other aspects of the Smithsonian’s meteorites have been highlighted so if your interest is peeked by this month’s pictures, a little digging in the archives of The Meteorite Times will offer many more pictures and details.

I apologize for quality of some of the images. Since there are so many aspects to the display, and I originally took the pictures to help me organize my thoughts on the display for later writings, I quickly took pictures of almost all parts of the display without the intent of posting the pictures for public viewing. So take them as they are.

Also, I had to make the images of reasonable size for both web viewing and server space so the text is not readable nor are most of the specimens identifiable. But regardless of these shortcomings if you have not viewed the collection then this collection of pictures should whet your appetite for a quick jaunt to D.C. to immerse yourself in nothing but breathtaking meteorites.

Enjoy your stroll.

Large Iron Individuals 2 3 4 5

Etched Iron Slices 2 3 4 5

Stones 2 3 4 5 6



Earthly Impacts 2 3

Cosmic Impacts 2

Tektites 2

Dust to Planets

Diamonds and Ancient Stardust


Dinosaur's Demise?


Meteorites Falling on People

Jupiter-Comet Impact

Touch a Martian Meteorite

Floor Map of the Collection

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