We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560 (National Mall)
202 633-1000
Website
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
Special Offer
$40*
and up
Washington DC Capital Sites Bike Tour
90%
Ranked #22 of 260 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining
More attraction details
Attraction details
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 collection of natural history specimens and human artifacts including the remains of dinosaurs and tools used by early man.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Write a Review

3,700 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    2,455
    887
    294
    51
    13
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Arlington, Virginia
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Always a good deal since it is free. They constantly add new exhibits, Always worth going to!!!! When you go be sure to plan plenty of time to see everything, it does take quite a while to go all the way through.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

The children enjoyed this museum most of all (5th grade). The gift shop was also nice and the prices were about average, but cheaper than one souvenir retailer downtown. Very active and keeps the children fully entertained along with the adults.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Miami, Florida
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

My husband and I had 2 days to do the Museum of Natural History - and the fossil section was closed! We didn't get to see everything because the exhibits are so compelling. We would stop, read and discuss. So very interesting - we both learned more than we thought we would. This is a national treasure, now lucky the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
542 reviews 542 reviews
273 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Excellent and very, very memorable museum! I went here several times as a kid when visiting my Grandpa who lived in Virginia ... I revisited back in 2008 when in DC. It is really interesting as it really does cover nature and its history with intense explanations extensively. Make sure to set aside a good chunk of time for this... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sao Paulo, SP
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

we only had little time and went for the human origins part . Took a guided tour of about 1 1/2 hours. It was just fantastic as the volunteer guide highlighted all the main things of human evolution. we will certainly return next year to see all other parts. need a couple of days at least.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Iasi, Romania
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Very well organized and explicite museum, liked Hall of Human Origins, Butterflies + Plants , Hall of Geology with Gems and Minerals.There were many schools and kids enjoyed a lot, they are really blessed to thave this opportunity.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Shawnee, Oklahoma
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Check off the bucket list, it was awesome!!! Very informative and the best thing is it is FREE!!! It is very big and so even with a lot of people it didn't feel to crowded. We ate there for lunch also and the food was surprisingly good but a little pricey.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tennessee
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

There is just so much to see here. If you take time to read the material on the signs and view the short films in each area you could learn volumes. Weekends are very crowded so plan to be there early if possible. National Geographic and the History Channel are big contributors to the wealth of information.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

A wonderful museum, with great exhibits, beautifully curated. However, the dinosaur exhibits are undergoing renovation, so could be a disappointment for younger fans. Check the web site before you go. Great butterfly exhibit you can walk through and be surrounded by beauty. There's an extra charge for that. Caution for conservatives: This is not a place for evolution deniers.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Northfield, New Jersey
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

I was overwhelmed by the displays here. So many times in history were represented. I think what I enjoyed the most was watching the restorations being done in an area the public can view through glass. Amazing!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History also viewed

 

Been to Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing