Smithsonian NHGRI Genome Exhibition

National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Genome: Unlocking Life's Code

Genome Unlocking Life's Code - An interactive kiosk at the exhibition, gobo girl with letters of T C G A,  the elephant at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum with DNA helices in the background

The Genome Unlocking Life's Code Exhibition

On June 14, 2013, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. opened the high-tech, high-intensity exhibition Genome: Unlocking Life's Code to celebrate the 10th anniversary of researchers producing the first complete human genome sequence - the genetic blueprint of the human body - in April 2003. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health.

Beginning in early 2013, the National Human Genome Research Institute began a series of scientific symposia and other public events to celebrate the HGP's completion and the launch of the genome exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History. For a list of those celebratory events, go to: The Genomics Landscape a Decade After the Human Genome Project

Closing Celebratory Event New

Genome: Unlocking Life's Code closing symposium features genomics, global health and the future New
Read all about the events surrounding the closing the Washington D.C. exhibit and the upcoming tour. 

YouTube video See all of the videos from the Smithsonian closing event

  See all of the photos from the Smithsonian closing event


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About the Exhibition's Funding

Funds for the Smithsonian-NHGRI exhibition and related initiatives were raised privately by both the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

Already, Life Technologies Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Life Technologies Corp. of Carlsbad, Calif., has pledged $3 million to fund the production of the exhibition itself. Additionally, more than $500,000 has been raised through the Foundation for The National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., and from the Brin Wojcicki Foundation of Palo Alto, Calif.; the Celgene Corporation of Summit, N.J.; Pacific Biosciences of Menlo Park, Calif., Pac Bio president and chief executive officer Mike Hunkapiller, Ph.D., and his wife Beth; the New England Biolabs of Ipswich, Mass.; and from Genentech, Inc. of South San Francisco, Calif.


The Smithsonian NHGRI Exhibition Advisory Board

Learn about the people who helped to create the new exhibition: NMNH/NHGRI Advisory Board

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Last Updated: October 20, 2014