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“Simply Wonderful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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 #24 of 485 things to do in Washington DC
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining
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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 collection of natural history specimens and human artifacts including the remains of dinosaurs and tools used by early man.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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“Simply Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

A must see if you are in the capitol. There is everything from dinosaur bones to interactive exhibits, its free and family friendly. just get there early because they close early!

Visited November 2011
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“Great Museum for kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

As with all the museums, plan ahead, especially this one. There is so much to see, you really need to give yourself at least 4+ hours to not rush thorugh things, especially if you have kids with you. There really wasn't an area that my daughter didn't enjoy. We went from wow to wow, with each room we went to.

Visited September 2011
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Somerset, UK
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“Must see and free”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

Very busy and popular but not too congested. I especially enjoyed the rocks and minerals exhibit, the earthquake worldwide data and the Mexican miner's who were rescued display.

Visited September 2011
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South Carolina
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“Check out the jewels”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

Visit the second floor to view the Hope Diamond and other fabulous and rare jewels. Lots to see here!

Visited October 2011
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“Enjoyable day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

Great for kids. Very interesting displays. Something for everyone. Gem display was interesting. Delicious food served in the cafe. Delicious soup, however, very hard to get a seat.

Visited October 2011
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