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“So little time ...” 4 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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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 young children, Activities for older children
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“So little time ...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012 via mobile

If you like nature and you cannot afford to visit Africa or South America then this is the place for you. Since I move about the globe a lot I thought I had seen everything before. Firstly, the content is focused on the general public and school children so the science is sometimes weak. But they at least try and communicate the facts to you in an interesting way. I generally ignored the butterfly room since I had to pay to see butterflies, if this is your thing a visit to Sydney would do you wonders and it is free and much larger. The fossils were stunning and the geological section (I am a bit biased here) was as good as I have ever seen with good layout. The specimens were great and they covered the different topics of gems, crystals and minerals in a sensible but fun way. There is also a totally revamped shop at the bottom floor which should cover most of your needs, if like me you like rocks head to the second floor there is a great little store up there - I bought a few Amber specimens with spiders, ants and crickets in them for a reasonably cheap price.

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“Washington Wonders”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Fantastic city fully of amazing places to visit. The Smithsonian museums are all within close proximity of each other and we would have liked to have visited several of them, however we were only there for a few days so we were able to fit just two into our visit. The Natural History Museum is excellent, with loads to see and do for old and young alike. A particular favourite with us was the photo gallery on the second floor, a most unexpected bonus. You need at least a full day to do it justice. Another excellent museum is the Air and Space, it really shouldn't be missed.

Visited June 2012
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“Fun museum for everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Everything you would expect and it has a really fun live insect museum that are kids went back to over and over.

Visited November 2011
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“One day is not enough”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Not only for kids , this place is awesome for everyone and you should spend one day trip to explore the history

Visited August 2011
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“Need more than a day just for this museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

Loved the gem area the stones are so beautiful and the information about them is so interesting

Visited June 2012
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