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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 #17 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Natural History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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... more » 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. « less
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We loved the Smithsonian Natural History in Washington D.C., however, we learned that their bookstore operations have adopted the dysfunctional propensities of that group that meets in the Capital building. Instead of attempting to get the books and other objects that we purchased in the Mammal Gift shop into our suitcases for the flight home, we decided to use the... More

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Herndon, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We loved our visit to the Natural History Museum today. Fairfax County is out on spring break which probably added to the crowd and there were a couple of school buses there, too. My kids are 5, 4, and 2 and they loved every minute. There is so much to see. We were there for 3 1/2 hours, didn't see... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The museum is wonderful, tons of fascinating things for kids and adults alike. However, the extreme spring break crowds really detracted from the visit. I will not go again at this time.

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Hackensack, New Jersey, USA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Wish I had more time here, but it was very crowded. Remarkable exhibits; I honestly could have spent half a day. Recommendation: go as soon as it opens and if possible, plan your visit when its off-season in DC, if there is one.

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Dubbo, Australia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

You need a few hours to take in this museum, and you won't be the only person there by a long shot. This is a very popular museum with many levels of artefacts and amazing displays. Great for everyone in the family.

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Silver Spring, MD
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

You can spend the entire day in this museum, wonderful exhibits, plus I MAX theatres. I've been multiple visits because there is so much to see. They have jazz shows some days.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The best part about the Smithsonian Museums are the fact that they are free. The Natural History Museum is great to visit with friends or family. Kids love the dinosaurs and the butterfly exhibit as much as the adults. Just be aware, it will take more than one day/visit to completely see and take in what this museum has to... More

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Burke, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Yep, it's all there: from dinosaurs to The Hope Diamond and more. The perfect place to take children, but everyone will love it. It can be extremely crowded and noisy, but maybe that's all part of the experience. Don't miss this wonderful museum in DC. Perfect to round-out that trip to the nation's capitol. And it's free.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing place, there is so much that is real and not just casts or dummy's that it is probably the best museum in DC. Last summer we visited the Natural History museum in London and was very disappointed as it was mostly fake/models. The Smithsonian has real mummies that you can view close up, lots of dinosaur... More

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

As a retired teacher I always remember the many field trips I took here with students. When I lived abroad it was also the first museum to see when we came to visit. It is full of so many things that are of interest to everyone. Unfortunately, the dinosaur exhibit will be closed for 5 years for renovation, but the... More

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