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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 #20 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Southern California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We only had a day here and could have done with another day. There is so much to see and it was pretty busy when we visited with large tour groups. The cafe is very expensive but there aren't many other options for food along the National Mall. This museum is well worth the trip and great for families.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The exhibits were great and very informational. We especially enjoyed the butterfly exhibit. The only negative was the chaos in the cafeteria. We wanted to get lunch and there was not direction or help to find out what was available and how to get in line for the right serving counter. It was very frustrating.

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Canadain
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This was the first place we went to visit and were not dissappointed. Displays were life like and awesome. A place to go for sure.

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Little Rock
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54 reviews 54 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I have visited this museum several times so it was easy for me to do a quick walk through to see my favorite exhibits - the birds of DC, the Hope Diamond, Origins of Man, and the bones. I would tell any family with young kids to go during the weekday to avoid the chaos. And why does everyone take... More

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Orlando, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

They are refurbishing the dinosaur room - which will be closed for at least a year. Definitely a loss if you are going to visit soon. However, as always the Smithsonian museums are a must if you are visiting Washington DC!

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Brooksville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The displays were fascinating, especially the origins of man--it was very crowded, but worth fight the crowds to see the displays. Go on a weekday if you can.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is one of my favorite museums in DC! There is everything about animals, dinosaurs, human fossils, rock forms and diamonds! If you truly take the time to maneuver around people and read about the museum it could take about half a day to see everything in this wonderful museum!

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

so much to see, lots of great areas and the guides are fun and informative, we only had a day - really could have done with more time to see more of the museums

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Springfield, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I guess it comes to life at night? It was ok. I wasn't impressed with any of the Smithsonians. We didn't spend a lot of time in any of them. Just quick walk throughs

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Long Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Place was a zoo with a lot of people pressing their tablets against the exhibits to take pictures, had to leave cause it was too crowded with obnoxious people, not the fault of museum...

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