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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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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.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
National Mall
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Reviewed yesterday

This Smithsonian Museum has some rather ho-hum displays, such as the stuffed animals and butterflies. However, the gem display is absolutely fantastic. The crowning jewel (no pun intended) is, of course, the Hope Diamond, which is stunning.

Thank surfercharlie
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My wife & I toured this museum its layout does not flow nice like the one in NYC. There is plenty to see not much interactive the best part is the gems and minerals sections and of course the Hope Diamond. Maybe a guided tour...More

Thank Nick M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Hubby and I visited the museum, mainly because we wanted to see "Lucy", and were taken by just how big the museum is. The gems and minerals exhibit included not just the stunning Hope Diamond, but meteorites, moon rocks and more. My favourite was the...More

Thank nielsensmith
Reviewed yesterday

We went to this museum and the National Museum of American History which is much better. If you have been to the Museum of Natural History in New York, this kinda pales in comparison. Although we enjoyed the gems and mineral exhibit which featured the...More

Thank Erm106
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very wonderful museum, though not a ton of interactive exhibits. Love that it's free, and wish I had kids to experience it with me. Still a must see.

Thank aross3093
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The mammals section really is fantastic! The ocean section is not bad. The human evolution section, take it or leave it. It goes against my believes.

Thank timdB900ML
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Seriously you need all day to look and read all the exhibits. This place is massive! Staff was friendly even those working the metal detectors at the doors. You can bring a backpack in but no bottled water! They will search all bags, and make...More

Thank EFW2014
Reviewed 3 days ago

One more " Must Visit" place, if you are visiting DC area. We prepared to be amazed with the displays. Have some time in your hand when visiting.

Thank LankanKing
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Summer isn't the time to go to museums, if you live in DMV areas. We were harassed in the line for the museum (homeless/ Preachers/ and by rain)- what happened that the lines are so long - they used to faster. Not as smelly- they...More

Thank ctp2236
Reviewed 3 days ago

I love the Smithsonian and it was awesome... and no one can argue with the price (free)... but I wasn't following the website or anything and just went for the fun of it, mainly eager to see the dinosaur fossils - and that was my...More

Thank BenHubb
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clemmy33
30 July 2017|
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Response from Got2BeTru | Reviewed this property |
I would contact the museum directly for their suggestions. Parking is at a premium around that area.
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MJ1919
18 July 2017|
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Response from Manisha J | Reviewed this property |
You dont need tickets
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RLloyd992
13 July 2017|
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Response from HenryLabs10 | Reviewed this property |
The Ronald Reagan international building is literally steps away from the Smithsonian. It cost $15 to park here, but because it's a federal building, it is very secure! You will be very comfortable parking here as every car... More
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