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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 252 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 older children, Activities for young children
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Green Valley, Arizona
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191 reviews 191 reviews
54 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This museum is redoing their dinosaur displays which was a huge disappointment. The evolution of Man is very interesting and the Hope Diamond were highlights of the visit.

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Abilene, Texas, United States
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32 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The natural history museum had even more exhibits than I remembered from our visit 13 years ago, even with most of the prehistoric section being closed for refurbishment. The gem exhibit was wonderful & the hands on in the insect section (including the butterfly habitat, which costs extra) were wonderful.

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Hawthorne, New Jersey, United States
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We only got to spend a short amount of time in this museum as it was just about an 1 hour from closing. We enjoyed what we did see but expected a little more having been to the one in NYC. Might have to go again to have our opinions changed.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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66 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Take a half day with younger children and just let them guide you through. You will learn their interests and can encourage all types of learning thereafter through the use of those animals, props, subject matters. Be sure to take in the carousel outside as well! For older children and higher attention spans, a day broken by a lunch outside... More

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We were only able to be there for 30 minutes as we where over run by children and strollers. Don't go on a Saturday.

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This museum has a wide variety of exhibits. The gems, especially the Hope Diamond, are spectacular. The Genome Project was interesting too, I am not sure if it is a permanent exhibit.

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Wendell, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

To me, there was Nothing to dislike, except one thing ... far too few wheelchairs. I have to use one when visiting places that require a lot of walking, and because we got there early, I got not only a wheelchair, but a parking space on the street outside the Entrance on the National Mall side of the museum. Later... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I really like this museum. Another DC museum that I could spend all day in if I had the chance. Super interesting and informative

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

If you are in DC, then a trip to the Smithsonian is a must! Your children will adore the fun things to do at the Natural History museum and you will enjoy watching them be excited at something besides video games! There is no cost to visit this museum, which is what makes it truly special. The Field Museum in... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

You don´t miss this, so close to others atractions, at the National Mall. So nice! Anything else? It´s free!!!

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