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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: +1 202-633-1000
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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A must see for Americans of all ages. Imagine seeing Dorothy's emerald slippers just a few feet away from the complete Greensboro, N.C., Woolworth counter where the first black... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must see for Americans of all ages. Imagine seeing Dorothy's emerald slippers just a few feet away from the complete Greensboro, N.C., Woolworth counter where the first black sit-in for equal rights took place.Walk through America's wars, from the Revolution to Dessert Storm and be educated and amused by the terrific American Food and Eating exhibition. There's truly something... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is a must see for any first time visitor to Washington DC. It's free and is a perfect way to spend time absorbing all of the information and history on offer.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Natural History covers a wide range and so does the museum. From minerals and stuffed animals to dinosaur bones and nature photography. Great to see some familiar things up close and learned some new things (loved the deep ocean exhibit). Also don't miss the Egyptian mummy exhibit, it's small, but very cool.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After seeing the White House, the Capitol, Lincoln monument we unfortunately on,y had time for one museum but we were lucky to chose this one.Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a "must" for those visiting DC with children. Very good permanent and temporary exhibits, several floors and areas (minerals and gems, animals, ecosystems, planets, etc). The highlights to children are, of course, the dinossaur fossils. There's a very good cafeteria for lunch and snacks, with several options (sandwichs, pizza, salads, hot dishes, coffee, etc). The souvenir store is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Regardless of age, the Smithsonian is a must see and the Museum of Natural History is a jewel among many. Plan to spend at least 3 hours to absorb it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum has much more on display than its name might indicate: including, e.g., the Hope diamond. A great choice for eclectic viewing, short or long.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

fun museum to visit, suggest going early to avoid large crowds. good for all ages. a must see at least once

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had an amazing few hours. Could have spent much longer. Loved the mammals, whales, mummies and Easter island dumb dumb. Hope diamond was impressive. Whatever your interest from bugs to elephants you will find it here. Lots of interactive stuff and imax movies. Too much to cover. Get a guide when you get there and if you can plan your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited with our granddaughters and all of us really enjoyed the exhibits. It was somewhat crowded over the Thanksgiving holiday but we found that the entrance from the mall side had no lines.

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