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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: 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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Excellent, but security personnel need Customer service training

All the Smithsonians are spectacular, and this is no different. The young woman at the security desk who checked our bags was a little too interested in talking with her friend... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

All the Smithsonians are spectacular, and this is no different. The young woman at the security desk who checked our bags was a little too interested in talking with her friend, however, and was unnecessarily snippy when we didn't immediately put our cell phones in her bin, despite the absence of any instructions to that effect.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Its a little crowded, but totally worth seeing. It was an amazing place, one of my favorite during our short visit to DC.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I am a history buff from way back, but when I found myself with enough time to visit just one museum, this was my choice. The Hope Diamond is lovely, but I find the brilliant sapphires, emeralds and rubies are mesmerizing. There are taxidermied mammals, live insects and butterflies, and an IMAX theater, but I can spend hours just gazing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A must visit if you are in DC. Everything's so well curated and presented. Be prepared to spend a full day here as there's enough and more to see and experience.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went just to see this gem and it was great. They have a great collection of other world class gems as well. We had a brief look at the egyptology section which was interesting but small. Fairly easy for us to get in and out.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is a classic and famous..Every school kid should see the wonderful exhibits of every form of life. Ii's noisey but worth it. I go for the postcards and t-shirts

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Family friendly part of the Smithsonian Institute. Lots to see. This would be just one day of many that can be spent at the complex.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Among many museums in DC this is must visit. Touching every part of life from wildlife to gems, minerals and history. Very nicely maintained with thousands of exhibits is must visit place. Walk down to Washington Monument after you are through this Museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took a full day to visit the FREE museums (can't believe there is actually something for free these days!). We were planning on visiting 3-4 museums but enjoyed the American history museum so much that we didn't have enough time for much more. If you're an avid museum go-er, definitely allow a couple of days at least. The air... More 

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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

An extraordinarily beautiful museum. Don't visit DC without coming here. You will be moved to tears and filled with joy.

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