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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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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
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining
Description: 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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Photos are outstanding

We made it point to visit the winning photos of the Natural Areas of the United States. As usual the photos did not disappoint. There was also a good display on orchids. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We made it point to visit the winning photos of the Natural Areas of the United States. As usual the photos did not disappoint. There was also a good display on orchids. The permanent displays are also very fun and good. Expect crowds whenever you go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Must see new section for teens with hands on opportunities to touch and see specimens under microscopes. Not the crappy microscopes with a mirror to reflect light that I had growing up, but the ones with large screen displays. Amazing. Kids could spend hours there and neglect the rest of the museum. A very unique experience that's also integrated with... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

the marine gallery was what intrigued me most! i would say this was one of the biggest galleries of the others in this museum, and i loved it. aside from wet specimens and information boards, the museum also supplemented the educational element with life size models of animals (life size models ... not animals in captivity, and this still helped... More 

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yonkers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Just Go ! Building after building that takes you thru time and see treasures like the Hope diamond, Real Steam Engine Trains and pieces of history worn and created from inventors and people from those time periods. Go Go Go !

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Richland, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Many ill mannered guests will have you very irritated. People do not pay attention to where you are going. People seem to let their kids run around and slam into others and then parents will hit you with the strollers. Extremely rude, extremely crowded. Even the employees are very rude, I bumped into a few being pushed through the crowds.... More 

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Nellysford, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

While we enjoyed the perennial exhibits that we love--the elephant and dinosaurs, but we were disappointed that so many exhibits were closed. The gift store was great, though. We finally settled on getting our grandson an encyclopedic book on dinosaurs that we know he will read over and over again. I guess we will return next year with my grandson... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Dinosaurs, wool mammoths, giant flying reptiles. Everything that gets a child's mind imagining the past. For adults however it is rather bland, the only parts we appreciated was the relatively untold story of ancient peoples in the pacific island rim and the earliest settlers of South America. (And no they weren't Spanish) I won't come back here until I have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Exhibits here can be hit or miss, but for the most part they hit their subject very well. Just as compelling is the permanent collection. Having the support of donors with deep pockets, volunteers with deep commitment, and a government committed to sharing with the public the treasures acquired over many years in many places make this one of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

There is currently an orchid exhibition at the Museum of Natural History. It finishes on 26th April. I strongly recommend visiting the exhibition. Entry is free, and they cycle about 1000 orcids through, showing 300 at any one time. The thing I like best about them is they all look like people or animals making faces. The colour combinations seem... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I know they are renovating, but between the crowds of kids and the lack of interesting displays, we gave up and left. Too many great art museums to see instead that are NOT filled with busloads of pushy kids.

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