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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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All the buildings at the Smithsonian are phenomenal. I spent the better part of one day at the Museum of Natural History and could have easily returned the next day to keep... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

All the buildings at the Smithsonian are phenomenal. I spent the better part of one day at the Museum of Natural History and could have easily returned the next day to keep viewing. This place is huge, wear good shoes and be prepared to spend time as you simply can't rush through it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is a must see if you are in Washington D.C. The museum is child friendly, with many exciting exhibits. Imax cinema is highly recommended, particularly for kids. Ours really enjoyed a film about dinosaurs and they were happy to explore exhibits after the movie.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

For us, the highlights of this museum were: the Live Insect Zoo, the Hope Diamond, the Mummies, the Mammals and the African Elephant (under renovation). But most of all, we thoroughly enjoyed the Live Butterflies and Plants. We all had a butterfly land on us, which was fun for everyone! We went on a Tuesday, when tickets are free. However,... More 

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Brockville, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Lots to see here! Great for families! We stopped here after the Holocaust museum and we were already pretty tired. We did a "highlights" tour ourselves and just quickly went into the exhibit highlights we were really interested in seeing. We would have spent longer but we were too tired.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Interesting and informative....many exhibits to explore. Please be aware that not all displays are open later in the day so visit early.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

After having watched the film, we went with the misguided expectation that it was based on the Smithsonian. Quite clearly it was not. 3 of the 4 of us came away feeling rather deflated by this place, so please don't go with the same preconceived ideas and you will probably enjoy it better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This museum is really amazing. It is incredible to see the progression of the human race and the history of the natural world: everything from the hope diamond to mummies are on display there, not to mention all of the wildlife and dinosaurs. I only had time to see 3 museums and I was glad that this was on my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Probably the best museum in Washington. You could spend a week here and not see it all. I recommend to get here early to avoid the crowds. The staff are very knowledgeable and the museum is very well laid out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

By far my favorite attraction in the DC area. You could literally spend an entire day in this incredible exhibit. I have visited this venue a number of times and feel like a little kid each time I enter the hallowed doors! You have to be somewhat selective in what you read or you'll spend an entire week just on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Great exhibits and I could have stayed in the Gem and Mineral exhibit area all day! There are some gorgeous specimens there! Our bus driver told us the museum closed at 5:30 but luckily they were open until 7:30 on the Saturday we visited

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Additional Information about Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Address: 10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202 633-1000
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > National Mall
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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