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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560 (National Mall)
202 633-1000
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Ranked #17 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Natural History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Established in 1910 and located on the National Mall, this prestigious museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, holds the world's most extensive... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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nikolaik
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This museum is a classic - loved seeing the fossils for the last time before they close for renovation. Top notch experience!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Very interesting but extremely crowded due to all the school trips occurring while we were there (spring break). Butterfly garden was fun.

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The history of "man" exhibitions are incredible. There is nothing that is not done expertly and well-designed to create interest, especially in young children. The "Q"uriosity section off the lobby has a touch and see with microscopes and terrific docents to involve children of all ages. The butterfly exhibit was extraordinary, with an enclosed area where the butterflies actually land... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The museum is truly amazing, a bit tired in some areas, but awesome in most. If you only have time for one display, make it the gem and mineral halls. Everybody crowds around the Hope Diamond. However, the real beauties are all of the crystals and minerals. A very big surprise was the food quality in the restaurant. Truly top-notch... More

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Wonderful museum and so amazing that it is free. Went on a weekend and the Dinosaur exhibit was packed, so didn't spend as much time there as would have liked.

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Costa Mesa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Lots and lots to see! Great displays and educational too! Lots of walking so pace yourself. Perfect for all ages!

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We were excited to be able to see the dinosaurs, the exhibit is closing next week until 2019. The butterfly experience was great as well

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

My favorite part was the Mummy displays, they were very educational! The hope diamond is beautiful of course! Great for children and very interactive!!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This museum indeed has something for everyone. While it could almost never be visited in it's entirety on one visit this was our 3 visit and we are still wanting more! The new exhibits of Bollywood, African cultures, and the Genome were all well done and had far fewer guests than the popular dinosaurs, and mammals on the first floor.... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

First, it was very hot and humid inside. It was hard to get good pictures, because it was also a little dark in some of the exhibit areas. My daughter loved Dorthy's Ruby Slippers and was star struck when she saw Miss Piggy =)!!! The National History Museum is truly a site to see.

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