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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Neighborhood: National Mall
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Address: 10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202 633-1000
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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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Good but not the best

It's a good natural history museum but it's not the best (especially since so many of the exhibits we wanted to see - like the hope diamond - were closed). The fact that its free... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Toronto, Canada

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North Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

While the exhibits and animals they had were extraordinary, it was super hard to see them or read any of the information. The crowds in August were crushing. So many people it was hard to walk around and definitely hard to get a feel for what was in the museum. We spent maybe 1 hour total and 15 minutes of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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56 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a good natural history museum but it's not the best (especially since so many of the exhibits we wanted to see - like the hope diamond - were closed). The fact that its free bumps it up from 3 stars to 4. The gift shops are great and you can get books on the exhibits you don't get to... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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157 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife, adult daughter and myself visited here on the afternoon of Saturday Feb 6, 2016. My wife and I had been here before many years before but my daughter had never visited this museum. We spent a lot of time in the gems and mineral section, in the ocean section and in the human origins section. There were other... More 

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La Habra, California
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245 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We know Smithsonian is the best, but our family does not love museums. We just couldnt get into it after a few hours. The 1st flag was pretty cool to see.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A lot of the dinosaur bones and other things were reproductions and castings, but some of it was real. Definitely some cool things to see here, kids would especially love it!

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London, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is so much to see, you can make a whole day out of it and still not have had enough time of you really want to get stuck in to it. Fantastic collections, worth a go whether a local or a tourist.

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Broomall, Pennsylvania
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

First of all, ALL the Smithsonian's are FREE!!! This museum is perfect for all ages. There is something that will amaze you, intrigue you, teach you, and bring out the little kid and you. So much to do & see..... This visit is a no-brainer enjoy :-)

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For a rainy day a good place to visit. The jewelry and stone department was astonishing. For coffee and rest not too many places available. Poor service for coffee hungry,

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Roscommon, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is IMHO by the best museum to visit when you go to DC. There is some of the coolest stuff there, to much to see in one full day.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The displays were both well done and educational. The building that houses this museum was just as much of the awe for me as the exhibits inside of it. This museum would be a very good stop for families with kids of all ages.

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