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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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Went to see the rock and gem area which was done beautifully. It was too crowded to stay much longer. They evolutionary bent was disconcerting as much of neo-Darwninian theory has... read more

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went to see the rock and gem area which was done beautifully. It was too crowded to stay much longer. They evolutionary bent was disconcerting as much of neo-Darwninian theory has been debunked.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This has long been a favorite and our recent visit was also very enjoyable. Keep in mind it's very dense and if you can afford to do it in two visits I would recommend that. We popped in recently and let each kid pick an exhibit - we saw the oceans exhibit, mammals, and early man. Didn't realize the dinosaur... More 

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Yorktown, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went up to the city for the day and my kids have always loved learning about animals, gems, etc. This is a fantastic place to visit! There is so much to see its hard to really take it all in at once. We spent several hours there and still it just never seemed like enough as we were trying... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Highlights of the trip were seeing the Hope Diamond and visiting the butterfly exhibit. The museum could use a few more interactive exhibits.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a highlight of our trip. This movie is inspiring, spectacular and beautiful. My adventurous 18 yo son couldn't get over the death defying feats featured in the story line. The music was amazing as well. A wonderful blend of old and new. I am ready to hit all of the National Parks now!

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum felt massive, and was filled with a variety of interesting things to see and learn. The IMAX movie was about 9 dollars, and we had free admission into the museum, so it was a worthwhile few hours spent here.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I loved everything about the Smithsonian but the crowds. Guess that is to be expected but it can definitely detract from the experience. Fascinating exhibits for all interests. Well worth the time and effort.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great to find a series of Museums that are free. Holidays get very costly so i must congratulate the Smithsonian in Dc for making all of their museums free of charge. Unlike many free museums there is plenty to see and do and all ages. Highly recommended

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You could spend days in this place. Tremendous job and it is free. Loved it and really tried to absorb a ton of info!

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South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Always a great place to visit! Lots to see and do, and free. The hardest part is deciding what to see first.

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