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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 #21 of 234 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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Millville, New Jersey
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Went here with our 4 kids. They all loved it, especially the prehistoric areas undersea and dinosaurs. They thought it was really fascinating and didn't mind the walking. Visited the Atrium Cafe, lunch for 5 (baby didn't eat) was almost $90. Now we know why the Smithsonian museums are free. Lunch was OK, portions were pretty big so probably could've... More 

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Bermuda
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

If you think Natural History museums should be crammed full of dusty old stuffed birds and animals, you'd be disappointed. The exhibits are brilliant, modern and fresh--we loved it! Especially, enjoyed the oceans and coastal areas, and walking amongst the butterflies...such a treat!

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

This museum is a crowd pleaser, and has something for everyone. Assuming you're visiting all of the museums on the mall, allow yourself a few hours to soak in all of the interesting exhibits in this one.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We were walking by this museum when we noticed a sign advertising the gem and geological exhibit. We all thought the exhibit was interesting and beautiful. What surprised us, though, was the expanse of other exhibits that we were drawn into that were engaging and fun.

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Bowie, Maryland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

I took my nephew on a day out. He truly enjoyed the train exhibit. We spent the entire time viewing the many style of trains. They even have a commuter train exhibit you can sit in. Also, there's a interactive children museum that also captivated my nephew, I must say we will visit again.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

A very interesting museum with a great human history section, as well as the pre-historic exhibit. It does not look that recent but museography helps a lot to cover it and get an idea of the different rooms and exhibitions. Looked to me pretty similar to the NYC sister museum at Central Park, we had a private event there which... More 

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Concrete, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

This is best seen when you have a half day at least, but because all the Smith's are free you can pop in and see a floor or an exhibit over a lunch break if you have too. Remember that you can't take in food or water. Don't miss the Hope Diamond!

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Wolverhampton
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

If you're travelling with children, this is a must. Even though we have been to the equivalent museum in London, this still provided great entertainment, from the dinosaur section through to the Hope Diamond. Not as crowded as London either.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

This is an outstanding museum. The gem and mineral collections are the best or near the best in the world. Also has the Hope Diamond. The mammals exhibit is also outstanding with a great variety of animals from all around the world. The meteorite collection is also stunning in variety and probably unparalleled anywhere else. Worth a visit for all... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Exhibits from a variety of era's, including earliest life to current life. Be prepared to spend at least 4 hours, but not to worry, IMAX movies, shops, and food for all.

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