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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Neighborhood: National Mall
Natural history museums, Museums
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Address: 10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202 633-1000
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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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Looking a little worn.

I have been here multiple times over the years. I recall being dazzled when younger but not as much now. Some exhibits have not changed & are looking kind of sad. The gemstones... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I have been here multiple times over the years. I recall being dazzled when younger but not as much now. Some exhibits have not changed & are looking kind of sad. The gemstones are simply dazzling and were my favorite part but the crowds made it difficult to see. You waited in a "horde" to try and see the Hope... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Our eight year old loved the dinosaurs, gems and photography exhibit. We loved the historic building, the thorough exhibits and accessible educational elements.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I think this is the best natural history museum that I have ever been in. The exhibits are up to date, with bold clean graphics and explain things with headlines followed with in depth info. I guess I needed another five hours there!

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

You have to love DC for the huge amount of educational and cultural choices that unbelievably are completely free. This is just one of many state of the art museums in this incredible city.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This is a very nice museum. It covers parts of history that are sometimes lost or forgotten. I loved the first lady gowns selection.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

So much to see in this museum- be sure you have a full day. It's a walk through the history of life.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This museum is so much fun! There are many different exhibits which means there is really something for everyone. The free price tag makes it great for visitors of all ages. It's also conveniently located near all of the other smithsonian museums and galleries if this one doesn't strike your fancy.

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

What I love about the Smithsonian is that it is free. Many times you pay admission and feel like you have to see the whole thing to get your moneys worth. Not the case here. We knew we wanted to see the First ladie's dresses which we did but also found the Star Spangled banner exhibit. This brought tears to... More 

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I love the fantastic entrance to this museum. You are immediately transported and transfixed. The layout allows you to view at your pace without feeling like you are lost in amaze. Allow at least 3 hours and find food/drink before or after your visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Museum is all that you expect and a bit more. Hopefully congress will come on down and take in some of the scientific exhibits. I would definitely plan on splitting this museum into two days as it is too big and fantastic for just one day. Also the Native Foods restaurant is nearby and fantastic.

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