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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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10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
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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Visited with my 9 year old granddaughter (her first trip) we spent almost an entire day here, this has always been my favorite and it ended up being hers as well. We went to the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 April 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

Visited with my 9 year old granddaughter (her first trip) we spent almost an entire day here, this has always been my favorite and it ended up being hers as well. We went to the Air & Space Museum and she wanted to leave and come back to here, I would suggest eating before you go, as lunch ($42 for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

I remember taking a tour of the Smithsonian while in high school. Traveling is a great way to learn the history of a certain place. I definitely did better on my history exams by learning about the White House first hand. This is a great place to take small children to learn more about different exhibits when you are in... More 

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West Chester, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

This place is top-notch ... just like the other Smithsonian National Museums. The exhibits are great, plenty to see & read. Some hands-on things for the really young. However, on the day that my family and I went it was so crowded that we couldn't enjoy the exhibits. If you can figure out when to go to minimize the crowds,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

The hall of Gems and Minerals has been redone, and they did it right. We spent three hours here one day, and still came back for two more hours the day after. Like all parts of the Smithsonian, it's free. The wonders of nature are on display here in great profusion. This is a MUST SEE. The rocks, the gems,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

I visited with my 10 year old daughter and two of her friends, and they were ready to go in under an hour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

Did not know this place has extended hours during Spring. Did not know what to do with my family on a Monday evening. Found out that this place was open until 7:30 pm during spring. Went there and it was the perfect time. No crowds, no lines. It was perfect. Got to see the butterflies pavilion, the Hope diamond, the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

Great museum with something to make everyone happy. It doesn't matter how many times you have been; it is always worth a visit. It is FREE so stop even if for a few minutes!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

My wife and I visited the museum and instantly were immersed in a world that celebrates the natural world and the sciences that study it. The exhibits were both visually striking and mentally engaging, each one designed to teach you in a hands on way what the natural world has to offer. Definitely worth the trip especially if you have... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

Will definitely remind you of your school days. There is so much to see at the Smithsonian, first and foremost check out the butterfly garden cos the tickets get sold out pretty fast and then you can't get in. The aquarium is pretty amazing with different and exotic species of fish there. And of course the T-Rex and the "gems... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

Lots of dinosaur bones but ask them why the giant human-like skeleton bones are kept hidden in their archives. Wake Up America!

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