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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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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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Outstanding Ocean exhibit

Ohhhhh, I should have planned on spending more time here. Spent 2 hours just at the ocean exhibit. All I can say is FANTASTIC!!!! This is definitely an all-day museum visit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Ohhhhh, I should have planned on spending more time here. Spent 2 hours just at the ocean exhibit. All I can say is FANTASTIC!!!! This is definitely an all-day museum visit. Went to 8 museums in 3 days and this was hands down my favorite.

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

My sister-in-law and I had a wedding to photograph in Baltimore so on our way back home we decided to spend a few hours in Washington DC since neither of us had been there. We had only enough time to visit one location so we chose the museum. It was during the Cherry Blossom Festival...absolutely beautiful in DC, but VERY... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Make sure to get a ticket for the butterfly exhibit early. The gem room was a highlight of the trip as it has so much more to offer than just the Hope diamond.

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Crestview, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

If you have kids they are going to love it! There are impressive things to see and to learn. It is a learning experience they will never forget!! I really love it and love how much my kids learned just in one day.

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Santa Maria
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Spent half a day here and only saw one floor! Very comprehensive collection of war memorabilia. Enjoyed the collection of gowns belonging to First ladies. Very disappointed with the grilled chicken sandwich from the cafe. It was just a grilled chicken breast between a dry, untoasted bun. To make matters worse both mayonnaise dispensers were out of order! Yuk.

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

We were there for business with only a brief time to explore as a visitor. But what a treasure! A must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

Loved this museum especially the way they showed their items in natural surroundings and with clear descriptions. A museum worth visiting. It is also recommandable to have free admission to all the Smithsonian museums.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

Again, while there were interesting things here and there, on the whole I found it subpar when compared to other Natural History/Science museums in the country. As the "National" Museum it should blow them all out of the water and this museum simply does not. At least it was free right? The two best things - the jewel encrusted butterfly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

We have been to many other natural history museums in other "big" cities. This was the best by far. So much to see and do. Many interactive things. The gem (area) was the kids favorite spot seeing all that gold and rubes and diamonds. We could have spent even longer there but we wanted to get more stuff in. Will... More 

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Miami, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

I had the idea it was similar to the one in NYC... Wow was I wrong!! It's a bunch of dead stuffed animals and that's about it... It really doesn't have anything to offer that is interesting or mind blowing, very average. Not even close to as good as the other museums in DC

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