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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 #21 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining
Fee: No
Owner description: Established in 1910 and located on the National Mall, this...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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 older children, Activities for young children
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Greenfield Center, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I was amazed at this museum. Being a big history buff, this was right up my alley. The sheer size of the museum is overwhelming. It is nearly impossible to see everything in one day. Staff is knowledgeable and friendly.

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Perth
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Loved the geology and insect exhibits! Tuesday's entry to the butterfly exhibit is free and just amazing, we had a great time. The place is huge so don't be enthusiastic about getting in and out quickly to explore other attractions. You could spend hours immersed in the history here!

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Cairns, Australia
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112 reviews 112 reviews
32 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

A great museum. A challenge to get through in one visit. Perhaps a cursory glance to whet the appetite for further visits. A good amount of hands on for the kids. A must when in Washington DC.

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New Castle, Delaware
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98 reviews 98 reviews
40 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

This Museum is for all ages young an old all kinds of things like mummies, bones, fossils of dinosaurs , sea an land life, its all free but they take donations what ever you can offer. they have all kinds of minerals rocks . they have lockers for your things. the food is not all that good an its high.... More 

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Portland, Maine
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

but it is just one of the most awesome museums on the planet. Mind blowing, fun, lots to see, do and learn!

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

A very good 3 hour visit. Human origins, bones museum, mummies were mind blowing. We went to this museum first from airport, locker facilities were good, just keep quarters ready. Food is a bit expensive and limited options for vegetarians.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

We took out 6 and 4 year old and they could not have loved t anymore! They loved the dinosaur fossils, they loves the giant squid, the loved the mummy cat. They bounced from one exhibit to the other, learning about tarantulas while a man was holding one and holding a giant cockroach! Get there early so you can enjoy... More 

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Rochester Ny Area
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188 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

the nature photography exhibit, a yearly competition, is outstanding! A new set of winning photos every August....also great is the hall of rocks and minerals...the Hope diamond and other such gems, are to die for gorgeous. The gift shops are great, too..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Starting with representation of the collections to the uniqueness of the collections are awesome. For example, the stuffed animals are all in different pose, they all are STYLIZED (in action, this is the term we use in fine arts). There are facilities of audio video displays throughout the museum, where you can gain knowledge about many things. I loved our... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We really like seeing IMAX movies there, including recently "Jerusalem" which was visually stunning. We made the mistake of driving there just before rush hour (and parking restrictions!) and then spending a long time looking for parking but fortunately had bought tickets online earlier in the day. While meandering around happened upon the exhibit of best animal photos of the... More 

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