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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

#13 of 444 things to do in Washington DC Features Animals
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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  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
National Mall
+1 202-633-1000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

From extinct to the origins of man, from your neighbourhood wild life to the rare and exotic... This museum is the best hands down. Kids will love it, adults will finally learn the name of the bird that keeps them up all night...LOL I am...More

Thank bluedeuce32
Reviewed yesterday

We spent several hours touring his museum which is crammed with educational and interesting exhibits. It seems a little chaotic because some of the exhibits were closed but still a marvelous collection and worth the stop.

Thank Traveler30316
Reviewed yesterday

Meine Schüler liebten die Dinos, wie hätte es anders sein können, ... jeder musste genau betrachtet werden und fast vermessen.... Manchmal fragt man sich schon, was ist eigentlich an diesen Tieren so faszinierend. "The world's most popular natural history museum is dedicated to understanding the...More

Thank Stephan G
Reviewed yesterday

This is a fun place for everyone of all ages. Young people can learn about the animal kingdom with whom we share this world and adults can learn how important other species are to the whole world environment. The massive elephant is an obvious attraction...More

Thank Vincent1609
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My teenage son complained about the heat, the lack of food options and all the walking we had to do in DC but he absolutely loved this place! Eat before you go! The food and drinks on site are ridiculously over priced!

Thank vacationbound247
Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum is one of the better ones I have visited and by 2019 might be world class but unfortunately for now it is falsely being recognized as one of the best natural history museums in the world. Just to start I would like to...More

Thank darkfalcon500
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

When it is hot outside everyone seeks shelter in the air conditioned museums. Hence it can get very growded. Make sure you don't cary anything which will get you declined at the security checks at all museums. The exhibits are good. The food court not...More

Thank Pascal R
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is worth a visit even if you believe these museums are dated, this one is not .. its taken the knowledge and added a modern spin. Well worth your time ...

Thank Debsiebee
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had so much fun, from the I-Max Movies to all the displays. I think her favorite part was the Butterfly Garden.

Thank Debonthebeach
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wonderful place for everyone, young and old. Your visit of the national capital is not complete if you don't come to visit the Musuem of Natural History.

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July 17, 2017|
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Response from Manisha J | Reviewed this property |
You dont need tickets
July 12, 2017|
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Response from Neil G | Reviewed this property |
There are no parking garages anywhere near the entire mall area. There is very limited free street parking on Madison Drive, which is one-way heading west. Start at 4th St. Get there very, very early. Also, Jefferson... More
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Response from loveanadventure365 | Reviewed this property |
The museum of natural history has everything-geology, the Hope diamond, Neanderthals, cave replicas, under the sea exhibits- there's just so much to explore. The hundreds of teenagers there seemed to love it.