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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Neighborhood: National Mall
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Address: 10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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Part of our trip to D.C. Enjoyed the history and fun interactions. Also enjoyed the fact their is no charge to enter.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Part of our trip to D.C. Enjoyed the history and fun interactions. Also enjoyed the fact their is no charge to enter.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Its a very educational yet entertaining place to be with family and kids. The place is well designed with quick services ll around. Good food and drink options too. The exhibits are very well kept.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great Natural History museum, but agree with others...not as distinctive as the other museums on the Mall. We completely enjoyed our visit and stayed far longer than expected, but we had plenty of time, and it didn't mean missing a single other museum. Would have skipped it if it meant passing up Air and Space, Am. History or the Archives.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent an enjoyable morning here, but didn't find it as distinctive as some other Smithsoniam institutions

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I look forward to seeing the new areas they are creating! The ocean area is stunning and if you have the opportunity to go during the holidays, swing by there. There really is something for everyone here. I appreciated the variety of areas and the thoughtfulness of the exhibit areas. This place really is a must see in DC!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Smithsonian is one of those places that are among the cannot miss museums in DC. It's free, so it's worth your time. There are a wide-array of exhibits worth checking out, though one of the main things to see is the Hope Diamond. Make some time to see it. Overall, it's a nice museum and if you don't have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Bug Room is always a hit. If you're lucky, one of the guides will have a many-legged critter for you to meet. My son and I got to pet a big green tobacco worm. It was the high point of his entire trip.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is so much to see at the Museum of Natural History, there will something for everyone. Best of all it is for free, thanks to James Smithson whose gift benefits al mankind.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I took my kids here on a Saturday. It was pretty empty. They loved the section with the gems. And the butterfly house. And the fossils. It's a big place. There is not admission although you do have to pay for the butterflies. I like the American History museum better but this is a nice place. And kids love it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My 11 year old twin boys really enjoyed this museum! Probably our 2nd favorite (Air & Space is #1 for them).

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