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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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Natural History fascinates children and adults alike

Humanity and animals of every description, as well as other life forms, and the dynamic geophysical forces and ecological phenomena that shape our environment, are all on display... read more

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Summer is probably not the best time to go to any of the Smithsonians if you want to take a leisurely stroll through each one. It was so packed, this one in particular, that it was difficult to get to everything we wanted to see. Still a recommended stop and I wish we went when it wasn't so crowded. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Humanity and animals of every description, as well as other life forms, and the dynamic geophysical forces and ecological phenomena that shape our environment, are all on display here, so that it's quite a challenge to pick out a favorite exhibit; but husbands might expect their wives to very likely prefer the gem hall over dinosaur fossils.

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Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wasn't on my list but enjoyed the museum surprisingly. It was close to 5:00 and it was one of a few places open later. Then the rain came. My favorite exhibit was The Hope Diamond. Wow!

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Cape Coral
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is beyond huge! When you get inside seems small but as you go off into sections it winds around and around with literally thousands of displays. Hope diamond - its there. Many other huge gems. Mummies. Got it. Fossils. Skeletons. Origins of humans. Oceans. All there. 2 hours pretty much minimum. Could spend multiple days seeing it all if... More 

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Thank Michael R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved this museum. When you go, immediately get tickets on the second floor if you want to go into the butterfly exhibit. We were lucky to get one of the last time slots. You do have to pay to go into see the butterflies, but the rest of the museum is free

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Massive collection that is generally well-presented, though a few items are out of date (benefits of asbestos?). Prepare for your visit by reviewing collection and picking 3-4 areas to visit; we didn't, and museum fatigue set in after 2 hours. Also consider visiting on several days, if natural history is your jam. Dino exhibits should be great once they are... More 

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Can't beat the Smithsonian. Kid friendly, interactive exhibits, easy to navigate. Don't miss the Gemology and Hope diamond. This museum tends to attract a lot of children, so there is always a crowd. Worth it all the same

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We loved all the exhibits and its great that its all free but the prices of food in the cafeteria are outrageous! Many large groups of unsupervised obnoxious kids, but it was summertime.

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Thank Ron82083
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very educational with lots of exhibits and an IMAX theater. Cafe on the ground floor is VERY expensive. It was a nice way to spend a few hours out of the heat.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful museum, I've always wanted to go to this one! This museum is one of 19 Smithsonian museums. My family and I attempted to visit this museum last Saturday, on one of the hottest days of the year. The temperature was 103, the lines were super long. There was a power outage and only 3 museums were... More 

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