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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
National Mall
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The museum is free of charge as the other Smithsonians. Pretty normal natural history museum, nothing special. Small exhibitions. Been in LA and that museum is much better. Museumshops quite boring. Crazy expensive food.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There is so much to see here. Unless you are a frequent visitor, plan on spending several days here, and even at that you can't see it all. Tip: Younger kids really enjoy the Natural History Musuem and the Air and Space Musuem.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

My experience was initially conditioned by the unallayed rudeness of the staff conducting entry security, who barked instructions and who were in serious need of training in how to combine rigour with respect. I couldn't help a hollow laugh at the security guard who was...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We spent several hours here and could have spent several more. There is so much to see and do. Our favorite parts were the mineral and gem areas and the mammals exhibit. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time. There are tons of small...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very informative a great day out. Everything there is so interesting. Very great for children of all ages.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were a little tired and had some time left at the end of the day and popped in. Another interesting free museum. We saw the dinosaur exhibit and the skeletons showing the evolution of species. The gemstone exhibit was also fascinating.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We are a family of 5 and we have 3 children (11,10,3). This is a full day visit and you can eat lunch here. It gets really busy though: keep the kids close, but there is so much interesting stuff to see and read about...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We headed to the hope diamond necklace first and the other jewels. Saw Henry the big elephant in the entry. Most interesting to my daughter was the jewelry, absolutely beautiful. Buzzed through the insects, mammals and mummies.

Thank Peggy G
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The museum collection just blew us away. My son 14 fell in love with the place resulting in us not just visiting once but twice. All the museums in Washington DC are free ti enter and each worth every min of your visit. But this...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

What a wonderful accumulation of our Natural History on display. Specimens collected by Presidents and adventurers around the globe.

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Doris C
April 25, 2018|
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Response from hisons | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see them either, but may have missed them. You may be able to email the curator at the museum to ask. They're re-doing the whole dinosaur exhibit, so there was a limited amount displayed.
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Mandypaula
April 20, 2018|
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Response from Travel B | Reviewed this property |
As long as you are near the National Mall 'Strip' you are safe. Almost every museum you want to visit is somewhere on that line.
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Daniel C
March 27, 2018|
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Response from Pedro S | Reviewed this property |
We were there during the Cherry Blossom Festival and we waited about 25 to get thru Security. Could go faster it people would listen and follow instructions.
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