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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.
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  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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 via mobile

We go often to AMNH in NYC and this matches up pretty well. There was one exhibition that stood out. It was photos of wildlife which were shown on glass. Some of the most astounding pictures you will ever see. Worth the visit.

Thank Mark W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Worth while attraction to understand and gain knowledge , highly recommended to spend a few hours , only issue you need to carry all your coats etc as no coat check office available

Thank Terry M
Reviewed 2 days ago

We saw big queues for this the day before but managed to to time it perfectly the next day and walked straight in, after a search of course! Lots to see and do and interact with. Good displays but disappointingly kept behind tall glass which...More

Thank Charlotte L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This wasn’t my son’s favorite museum, but the highlight was the dinosaur section. There aren’t many, but he still enjoyed it. He also enjoyed seeing the bugs and the tarantulas!

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed visiting this museum, but chose a poor time--even though it was December 26--the place was very busy and it was a cold day to stand out on the sidewalk and steps to be allowed in through security. It seems that the security station...More

Thank BirdWord58
Reviewed 4 days ago

Lots to do and see, not really sure what I was expecting but this was not it. I was done in hour of anything I wanted to see. The Hope Diamond is a must and I enjoyed the mummies!

Thank Amy R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great museum. Something for everyone's interests. They had areas on mummy's, dinosaurs, human ancestry, oceans, gems, and more. Admission is free but they close at 5:30. The best part was the award winning photos of nature.

1  Thank BrainstormVT
Reviewed 5 days ago

Smithsonian museum was a great experience into natural history. After visiting the American museum in NY, I was really mesmerized by the type of exhibits in Smithsonian. Given it was free, it made for a lot of crowd.

1  Thank SerendipityIndia
Reviewed 5 days ago

K, so if you are someone who wants to see everything, plan on spending a week or more in this building. However, if you're like us and want to see it without understanding EVERYTHING, you can "do" this in a couple hours and it's well...More

1  Thank Lyle K
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Smithsonian museums are amazing and this one was no different. The exhibits were interesting and filled with relevant information that everyone should see once

Thank DirkDMyers
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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.
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 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