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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Address: 10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560 (National Mall)
Phone Number: 202 633-1000
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Ranked #20 of 242 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 young children, Activities for older children
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136 reviews 136 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This is one place that you HAVE to visit while at DC. And take your family along. Be prepared to spend the entire day here - and it is 100% worth it.

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Berryville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

As usual, we did not leave ourselves enough time to see everything we wanted. And that was with two of the exhibits we wanted to see closed for renovation. We really wanted to see the butterfly exhibit and the live insect exhibit, but both were closed. So we spent most of our time in the Rocks and Mineral exhibit. Very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Ftraveld with my family and had a very good day. The cafeteria is $$$ but offers a very good salad bar.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Our time here was unfortunately too brief, as there is so much to enjoy. The new dinosaur hall--with "America's T-Rex" is years away, but the temporary exhibit wowed the kids. Having taken a beginner's taxidermy class made me much more appreciative of the gorgeous animals on display: how do they make each one have its own character?! The gems/minerals area... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This iconic museum is as wonderful as I remember it from trips as a child. If you go during the peak of tourist season, expect huge crowds though, as it is one of the more popular of the Smithsonian museums.

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charlotte
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I enjoy going to this museum every time I visit DC. I was a little disappointed with the renovations of so many exhibits, but I was still able to see all the jewels and First Lady gowns. I can't wait to visit again in the future.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Must see as well! No fee! Lots of amazing information about - really - anything. Need time to cover it all, thou.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

a must see on any trip to washington. the ruby slippers from the wizard of oz. great exhibits on travel vehicles through time and of course the flag that was the basis for the star spangles banner. truly amazing

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

They haven't fallen into the trap of button pushing exhibits, good labelling, and an eye catching lay out.Went into the photographic competition gallery and it was something really special, don't miss it.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

it is so hard to try to explain how fantastic all of The Smithsonian Museums are. Go to as many as possible! This one is fantastic for smaller children also as they have the Butterfly House and insects that you can hold!

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