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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 202-633-1000
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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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  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
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+1 202-633-1000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was my second visit so I was on a highlight tour. There’s do much to see and experience one day doesn’t do it justice. I love the animal exhibits and the geology. Everything is laid out wonderfully do you don’t get lost. Great place...More

Thank Bruce L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

So much information and amazing displays, plan on taking at least 3 hours to really appreciate the museum's atmosphere. Everything was so amazing to read about or look at

Thank Laura W
Reviewed yesterday

Spent 3-4 hrs at the Natural History Museum. was a fascinating place didn't get to see and do everything. Will definitely have to visit again.

Thank LilithMorgan13
Reviewed 2 days ago

What a fantastic museum, and it's free! While we were there, we also did the butterfly exhibit (not free- about $6) which was stunning. They have exhibits on mummies, dinosaurs, sea life, geology, plate tectonics.... Incredibly well done. It's really an absolutely remarkable museum. And...More

Thank Mark42139
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have never seen my children so interested in geology. I thought the anthropological exhibits were great, but my kids were floored by the gems and minerals. We even have a budding geologist collecting rocks now. This place is big. If you are walking from...More

Thank mommy2scarlett
Reviewed 2 days ago

Our 9 year old could have spent days here. It was very educational and well planned exhibits. We would return if in DC again.

Thank 106janaj
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great museum with lots to see! Loved the geology section the most with the Hope Diamond and other gorgeous gemstones. A butterfly pavilion is there but go there first to get tickets for an opportunity to have butterflies fly around you.

Thank TalSmh
Reviewed 3 days ago

The museum was on my to do list despite despite having visited it before. The exhibits are so informative of where we have been and where we are now as as planet with all its inhabitants living and non-living. One cant help but be fascinated...More

1  Thank Chipili C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Yes, I was told I would be amazed and I was. A huge, huge collection of so many things, from gemstones to bones, to artifacts. Beautifully displayed in beautiful buildings. Plenty of places to rest. Security was friendly and helpful. Certainly a unsurpassed world collection.

Thank Shauna C
Reviewed 4 days ago

There is so much, so I recommend that you focus on the areas that interest you the most. We loved the Human Origins section and it definitely shows that we are one race, the human race. We went into the Butterfly exhibit but the lines...More

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July 29, 2017|
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Response from Got2BeTru | Reviewed this property |
I would contact the museum directly for their suggestions. Parking is at a premium around that area.
July 17, 2017|
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Response from Manisha J | Reviewed this property |
You dont need tickets
July 12, 2017|
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Response from HenryLabs10 | Reviewed this property |
The Ronald Reagan international building is literally steps away from the Smithsonian. It cost $15 to park here, but because it's a federal building, it is very secure! You will be very comfortable parking here as every car... More