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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
Phone Number: +1 202-633-1000
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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This is an interactive museum that's free of charge and wide spread interests that will engage everyone!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an interactive museum that's free of charge and wide spread interests that will engage everyone!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you love animals, rocks and history....got to see. It's awesome. Don't miss the Hope Diamond and the rock/mineral room. Pretty cool. Awesome to touch a piece of Mars as well. You can spend all day here or just an hour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Give yourself a few hours to see all of the exhibitions, as there is so much detail within each room. It's popular with school groups and was teeming with kids when I was there. Lots of walking required but worth it. The nature photos were the highlight for me... they were spectacular.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Good exhibits! Definitely worth a trip. Not the largest museum, which means it can get packed (especially on the weekends), but still a great visit for us.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There was a bit of a wait to gain entrance. But, there is no entrance fee and you can stay as long as you'd like. There are many exhibits that will meet a variety of interests. There are also many options to purchase souvenirs throughout the museum. Highly recommended!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A must see for Americans of all ages. Imagine seeing Dorothy's emerald slippers just a few feet away from the complete Greensboro, N.C., Woolworth counter where the first black sit-in for equal rights took place.Walk through America's wars, from the Revolution to Dessert Storm and be educated and amused by the terrific American Food and Eating exhibition. There's truly something... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is a must see for any first time visitor to Washington DC. It's free and is a perfect way to spend time absorbing all of the information and history on offer.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Natural History covers a wide range and so does the museum. From minerals and stuffed animals to dinosaur bones and nature photography. Great to see some familiar things up close and learned some new things (loved the deep ocean exhibit). Also don't miss the Egyptian mummy exhibit, it's small, but very cool.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After seeing the White House, the Capitol, Lincoln monument we unfortunately on,y had time for one museum but we were lucky to chose this one.Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a "must" for those visiting DC with children. Very good permanent and temporary exhibits, several floors and areas (minerals and gems, animals, ecosystems, planets, etc). The highlights to children are, of course, the dinossaur fossils. There's a very good cafeteria for lunch and snacks, with several options (sandwichs, pizza, salads, hot dishes, coffee, etc). The souvenir store is... More 

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