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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

#13 of 445 things to do in Washington DC Features Animals
10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 202-633-1000
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Established in 1910 and located on the National Mall, this prestigious museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, holds the world's most extensive collection of natural history specimens and human artifacts including the remains of dinosaurs and tools used by early man.
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  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
National Mall
+1 202-633-1000
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Reviewed yesterday

There are so many great, and free, attractions in Washington DC that it's hard to stand out, but the Smithsonian Natural History Museum does. Growing from the seeds of the generous Smithson legacy (he never set foot in the US), the Natural History Museum has...More

Thank Dan L
Reviewed yesterday

Having not been here since high school (40+ years), and having been at the British Museum a couple of months ago, it seems that the Smithsonian is more inclined to be politically correct than to present a well-developed display. For example, the mummies exhibition was...More

Thank Bruce56k
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very cool! It was a bit crowded but we didn't feel like that took away from the experience - just meant we had to wait a couple seconds to see some of the exhibits. Staff is very friendly and they had a cart in the...More

Thank Liad S
Reviewed yesterday

This place has it all - dinosaurs, gems, snakes, mammals, mummies, and birds. If you are a nature lover, this is the place to go to see animals up close and compare with other animals. Allow at least 3 hours to see most of the...More

Thank DuncanMc5
Reviewed yesterday

This is awesome place to visit when you are in DC. These are all free museum with lots of information for all ages. they all are next to each other. I visited this place with my parents are kids and they all enjoyed it. I...More

Thank Mohanlalbengoli
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Smithsonian museums are all lined up so you can visit them all in a day. We had a great experience despite the heat and crowds in July, but that was to be expected!

Thank Chris P
Reviewed 2 days ago

We did not have enough time to spend in this wonderful museum. There were a large variety of displays and interactive activities. This is best of the DC museums to bring a small child. The butterfly experience is nice. Eat before you go in. The...More

1  Thank Barry G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was by far one of the largest and most secure museums I've been to ever! Great historical pictures, clothing, artifacts and much more amazing things to see. Just 30 mins alone walking inside will bring you back as far in the past as the...More

1  Thank edwarda428
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is historical and educational place where i was awaited to see world's popular hope diamond. You can see the best collection and very helpful for young kids.

Thank Anuruddhaw
Reviewed 2 days ago

The kids loved all the animals and the fossils and the mummies and the dinosaurs... they loved the gift shop

Thank Elizabeth M
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18 July 2017|
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Response from Manisha J | Reviewed this property |
You dont need tickets
13 July 2017|
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Response from Neil G | Reviewed this property |
There are no parking garages anywhere near the entire mall area. There is very limited free street parking on Madison Drive, which is one-way heading west. Start at 4th St. Get there very, very early. Also, Jefferson... More
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Response from loveanadventure365 | Reviewed this property |
The museum of natural history has everything-geology, the Hope diamond, Neanderthals, cave replicas, under the sea exhibits- there's just so much to explore. The hundreds of teenagers there seemed to love it.