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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 253 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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Dartford Kent
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Visited this as part of a guided tour so didn't have time to see much but what we saw was amazing! Brilliant section of gems and jewellery including the Hope diamond. Would love to go back to see more. Covered many areas of natural history with good exhibits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

You need a whole day to go through everything. Very well done and every kid and adult would love it.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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132 reviews 132 reviews
57 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This was a fun museum to visit. Lots of interesting exhibits for all ages and they display things that you just can't see in other museums - like the Hope Diamond. The Gem and Mineral exhibit was fascinating as was the Mammals exhibit with taxidermied giraffes, elephants and other big game you don't see very often. Get here early to... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This was great to see, I was a little disappointed that there were no free tours along with this, or maybe it was just the staff weren't as friendly or as welcoming as I had hoped. I did find this a little off putting at the time but I just made my way around the museum and I enjoyed wandering... More

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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22 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

As a first timer, I was not sure what to expect. The Fossil area is closed down for 5 yrs but the website implies that you can see a T-Rex in the mean time. This is not the case. If you go during week day work hrs you can see them scanning in T-Rex bones (which we were there on... More

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Adams, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Beautiful!!! Not enough time in the day to see everything. Located on the National Mall. I recommend taking the metro to the national mall.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The Natural History Museum was one of my favorites. The butterfly garden (you have to pay to enter) was wonderful and worth the $ completely. The Harry Winston exhibit, including the Hope Diamond, was stunning, and while crowded (I was there over a holiday weekend too), the line constantly moved and seeing the wide range of precious jewels worn by... More

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The gem exhibit and minerals is fascinating and presented very engagingly. Give you a clue. The Hope diamond is the least spectacular piece of the show. The bird exhibit is poorly presented and not particularly comprehensive. The oceans exhibit is large but not very organized. The mammals was interesting but the dinosaurs was closed. Major disappointment.

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Toronto
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9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Dinosaurs are closed right now. Thats about a third of the place. But still worth a visit. See the hope diamond. Early humans were amazing. Cool place.

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Atlanta, GA
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15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This was my children's favorite museum in DC. They loved it so much that we went back two days in a row. Their favorite part was the insect zoo. I love that this part of the museum is very hands on. You can pay a small fee to walk through the butterfly habitat. The children really enjoyed this (however the... More

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