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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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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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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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A great trip for a school group's tour

This museum just should not be missed if you are in D. C. It is just wonderful and full of interesting items and people. Our group enjoyed it immensely. They are anxious to come... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Jacksonville, Florida

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This museum just should not be missed if you are in D. C. It is just wonderful and full of interesting items and people. Our group enjoyed it immensely. They are anxious to come back .I have been here a few times and always glad to go back again. I always see things that I missed before. This is a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We were here for about four hours and we need about four days. The 3-D IMAX theatre presentation was amazing.

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Indianapolis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We have probably visited this museum at least five of six times. We still do the facility with jaw dropping awe. The exhibits are amazing and change from tme to time. If you have never been here, be sure to allow a full day to give the museum the credit that it deserves. Kids, especially will love it.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

There is a lot to love about this museum. It does have something for everything. The displays are beautifully put together but we noticed that in the zoology section is was very confusing that the animals were organized by phylum which isn't particularly helpful with large phylum like chordates. The human evolution gallery was surprisingly up to date, interesting, relevant,... More 

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Jackson, Miss.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Do not go to DC without visiting this museum. Like many of the attractions on the National Mall, admission is FREE. So you can pop in and pop out of them as often as you like. We marveled at the impressive rotunda (which features an 8-ton, 14-foot-tall African elephant), then headed upstairs, straight to the gems. I spent a good... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Oh my what a wonderful place. It is more than expected and fascinating. Went as a kid but now see it differently as an adult.

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jonesboro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I have been here several times and I always fine new exhibits to keep it interesting. Great for kids and adults alike.

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Westfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Brought my husband for his first visit and we had a GREAT time- loads to see, not too crowded if you stay away from weekends and late afternoons. Don't miss this!

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Truly enjoyed the exhibits and the kids loved it. My SIL had the kids watch "Night At The Museum, Part 2" the night before we visited and it made the experience more personal for the kids. Liked finding a handful of Made in the USA souvenirs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We popped into this museum because it was open late (it stays open until 7:30 during the summer on certain days of the week) and there were no lines to get in. We rushed through it but the grandkids really enjoyed it. There is a booth where you can see what you would look like as a Neanderthal, so of... More 

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Additional Information about Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Address: Address: 10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202 633-1000
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > National Mall
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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