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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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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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This place was great and free!! We did pay for one of the 3D shows and it was totally worth it. It is very packed but my son and I didn't feel it made the trip bad. One thing to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Dallas,TX
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This place was great and free!! We did pay for one of the 3D shows and it was totally worth it. It is very packed but my son and I didn't feel it made the trip bad. One thing to note, is there is two sides to get in this place. Don't go in door that has all the tour... More 

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Riverton, Utah
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Know what you want to see, and you can be in and out quickly. Unless of course you love crowds, and strollers, and school groups, and body odor, and people abruptly stopping in the middle of a crowded walkway. My husband and I saw about 5-6 of their most famous attractions and only took 30 minutes. But I can see... More 

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Pace, Florida
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

My son adores rocks and there are halls and halls of them. The museum itself is outstanding. The light and the way in which it is constructed is awesome. Every part of this museum is well done and well maintained.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

The history of our great Nation awaits you here! So many exhibits that make you proud to be an American! Thankful here for my "Forefathers!"

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It's a beautiful museum of three stories. So much to see, Love all the different areas of interest. I spent the whole day. The Hope diamond was great to see also, along with the other great gems. The natural world photo exhibit was my favorite part of all. Well worth the time!

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were pretty excited to come check this out because of all the good things we had heard about it, but were very disappointed. The only worthwhile thing here is probably the mammal exhibit. Everything else was old, uninteresting, small, and not very well done. I feel like this is one of those places you have to... More 

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Thibodaux, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Lines can be long but move really fast. Don't let the long lines deter you from visiting. Lots of history.

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Denville, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

All the museums on the National Mall are free so why wouldn't you visit them. This is a very nice museum has many interesting exhibits. It can get very crowded. We were there in May and it seemed like every school chose this museum for their 8th grade class trip. Was disappointed that the dinosaur exhibit was closed for renovation.

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Anand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Awesome. The most brilliant place in the world. You can know the entire aviation history, once you visit this. Extremely well maintained. Hats off to Smithsonian who could donate all his earning for such a cause.

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Along with New York's American Museum of Natural History and Denver's Museum of Science & Nature, this is one of the nation's best natural history museum's. Exhibits on sea life, gemstones (including the Hope diamond) and insects are particularly impressive!

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