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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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The "Only-Of-It's-Kind" Museum.

In content it must rate as on of the best museums & is a must visit. All the sections have great exhibits and impart excellent knowledge on the Natural History of the World.The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

In content it must rate as on of the best museums & is a must visit. All the sections have great exhibits and impart excellent knowledge on the Natural History of the World.The section on mineralology is great for some of the priceless exhibits. Then the section on Insects has some lovely live butterflies. The section on Human evolution is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is hands down the one museum I could revisit over and over again! From the moment you walk in its already full of amazement!

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Milledgeville, Georgia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The Smithsonian Museum is Everything that you would expect and more....Absolutely amazing for the Whole family!

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Lubbock, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This was my firs time to the "District" and I had no idea what to expect except hot humid weather. The weather was great but the museums were a mad house. Small children running here and there and people trying to take selfies with the Hope Diamond I could go on but I won't. Be prepared for sticker shock lunch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This museum has something special for everyone. I wish I would have had more time as I had to just run through the exhibits. Children of all ages were enjoying as well.

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Laverne, Ok
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great time visiting the museum with my son. He really enjoyed getting to see all it had to offer! Really need an afternoon to be able to take in all it has to offer!

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Reno, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This place is so interesting I've been there three times in three trips! Even if you don't like museums you'll like this one. It has something for everyone. Kids and adults both will enjoy a trip here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

An absolutely fabulous experience . great time ealking around the exhibit , even though i was walking around alone didnt get bored for even a second. Specially seeing the Hope diamond and the part on evolution of mankind was such a delight .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Went with 10 & 6 year old girl and boy and they really enjoyed it. The highlight was the dinosaur exhibit. But they loved it all!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

One of the Top 2 Museum in DC in my opinion. It'a also have IMAX theater, mini butterfly "park" and mini live insect collection. Good place to spend 3-4 hours.

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