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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Neighbourhood: National Mall
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Address: 10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
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+1 202-633-1000
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10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Established in 1910 and located on the National Mall, this prestigious...

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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One of the Smithsonians not to Miss

Good collection of minerals and animal displays. Can be crowded on holidays and weekends. Currently being updated, needs more events.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good collection of minerals and animal displays. Can be crowded on holidays and weekends. Currently being updated, needs more events.

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Horn Lake, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

WOW....I think you could spend one day at each museum and still not see everything. Lots of security into each building so don't carry a bunch around. My favorite was the airplanes...I lived the hands on for everyone. Hope diamond was way cool. Animals...and museum employees love to tell you about everything.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum has many different areas for attractions, so if you have someone in your party who couldn't care less about dinosaurs, they can go see the gems and geology areas. My favorite is the oceans exhibit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I thought it was very interesting and educational.It is a perfect way to spend a cold winter day with your family.

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Prosper, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you like Art then this is a must see. Rooms full of capitving art that just makes you stop and look for what seems like a long time. And some you wonder why people call it art. But still a fun day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was such a fun visit and very educational to see most of the exhibits. I personally enjoyed the First Ladies Collections. So much history can be seeing on the formal wear that the First Ladies worn for the Inauguration.

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Ithaca, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a pretty neat Natural History museum, but it does not quite live up to some of the other Smithsonians for me. It has the same types of exhibits as other natural history museums around the country, and has very few truly unique artifacts. The layout of the museum is also rather confusing, and essentially impossible to progress through... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is hard to do in one day if you want to see it all. Pick and choose your priority stops at the beginning of the day. We stayed at the Hampton Inn on 6th Street and walked a mile to the Natural History Museum. Easy, safe walk along main roads. It was disappointing that the Fossil section is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

"Nature Museum - A must stop in DC and its free" It's an awesome museum and another one of those must see when visiting DC. You will truly enjoy it! Once in the museum, you would find it contains something for everyone. I would allow at least 3 to 4 hours for a visit as the museum entails exhibits for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tuesdays free for the butterfly house. All the movies are outstanding, if you have time to see them. The gift shops are fascinating as well, and there is good coffee, and delicious gelato, in the lower level cafeteria. My kids and I go there a lot, and still get new things from each exhibit. One of the best places to... More 

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