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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Neighborhood: National Mall
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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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Loved this museum. We visited 4/2015. There is so much to see here. The Hope Diamond is on display and WOW!!! The museum has a variety of items on display from insects to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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95 reviews 95 reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Loved this museum. We visited 4/2015. There is so much to see here. The Hope Diamond is on display and WOW!!! The museum has a variety of items on display from insects to Dinosaurs to gems/minerals, to mummies, butterflies and an exhibit on the rainforest. Dont miss this museum.

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Senoia, Georgia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I visited this museum over 10 years ago. I remember the layout being different. As soon as you entered the dinosaurs were the first exhibit. This time we had to navigate through 2 other exhibits to get to the dinosaurs. AND there were only 2. I know there were more than 2 dinosaurs. I'm assuming they are making renovations, if... More 

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Franklin, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This place has a wide range of things to see and opportunities to learn. Kids tend to be loud and run around, so avoiding school vacation weeks is a good idea. Surprisingly they do charge a fee for certain attractions within the museum - such as the butterfly exhibit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I love all the history in this building. From the giant Dinosaur bones to the gems & jewels. I could wander through the Smithsonian all day.

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Los Angeles, California
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172 reviews 172 reviews
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155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

What a great museum. Been here a few times and each time it is better, and it never disappoints. It is a great gift of the Smithsonian institute and the local government to visit the museum for free- not only to the DC locals, the country, but even for international visitors. It is enormous and investing at least half a... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I was next door at the Museum of America History and the gentleman at the info desk said that the Hope Diamond was located at this museum so I had to make the trip and see it for myself. When I first walked in I grabbed a map as I do at every museum. BUT this one is truly simple... More 

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Lewistown
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Several selections, food wasn't bad, I thought it was a bit expensive, but it wasn't terrible. Seeing as how it's within the museum, it is convenient.

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Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

I love this place and so do my kids. There is so much to see and do here. The mammal exhibit is truly awesome and my boys loved the dinosaurs. You have to check out the IMAX theater with a 3D movie. We saw the movie about the incredible hidden mysteries and loved it. Have to check this place out.

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Colchester, Vermont, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

You could easily spend a day here, there is so much to see and do. This museum is especially wonderful if you have children. There is everything from insects to mummies, gems to skeletal remains of a Neanderthal. There is also the Hope Diamond, dinosaurs, and a wonderful gallery of natural photography. In short, there is something for everyone, including... More 

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Yucaipa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The Hope Diamond is amazing and is a popular perpetual exhibit. We really enjoyed the current exhibit of "Bollywood" (Indian American history from earliest immigrants, to rise of yoga and Indian food in American popularity, to misguided attacks after 9/11.) Also enjoyed the Nature Photography and Marine Life exhibitions. Lots to enjoy.

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