Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
4.5
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About
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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The area
Address
Neighborhood: National Mall
How to get there
  • Federal Triangle • 5 min walk
  • Archives • 6 min walk
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4.5
12,212 reviews
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8,190
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2,878
Average
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shanac2008
Des Moines, IA207 contributions
Beautiful history
Jul 2021
The Smithsonian is a must see in my opinion of you are visiting DC. The history here is educational, breathtaking and overwhelming all at once. I loved every part of it. The only issue is that it was VERY crowded (during COVID) and the food is very expensive, so plan ahead. I would visit again as my kids were kind of rushing me through.
Written July 29, 2021
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Ken P
Carlow, Ireland135 contributions
go in morning because closed at 4pm WTF
Jul 2021
Potentially one of the worlds greatest museums judging by it's collection.

But there are problems

1. closing at 4pm, on a weekend in summer? Really? That's nuts
2. too many people in during covid. It was packed. Did not feel comfortable with these crowds.
3. The dinosaur exhibits have such good specimens but the rooms are so cluttered, its hard to focus. I know its difficult to cull, but really need to remove half the stuff there.
4 did not get to see all the halls (c.f. point 1)
Written July 15, 2021
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annapN7702ZW
Holyoke, MA247 contributions
Great choice
Jul 2021 • Couples
Great exhibits that adopts to a wide variety of backgrounds. We are glad we made reservations as they were sold out by the time we got there.
Written July 13, 2021
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Suzanne R
Omaha, NE141 contributions
Great Museum
Jul 2021
The last time I was here was back in the early 80s. Boy has it changed! Lots of interesting exhibits from dinos to gems & minerals, to climate change, mummies and pandemic viruses, that appealed to kids and adults. The 14 year old kept stopping to watch the videos, his brain was just soaking up so much. The 10 year old loved the dinos and other animal skeletons and gems. We spent about 2 hours, which was perfect for the kids. Highly recommend!
Written July 9, 2021
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Kelly
Georgia137 contributions
Post-COVID Visit
Jul 2021 • Friends
This museum has limited the number of daily tickets and it was great- the museum was not overcrowded and we were able to take our time between exhibits.
There are a lot of interactive items throughout the museum that were fun for people of all ages.
The only downside was almost all the exhibits on the 2nd floor were closed. The cafés were also closed.
Written July 5, 2021
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ladylitauk
New York City, NY24 contributions
Informative
Jun 2021
We chose a paid tour with a guide. Her name was Brenda, and she was very friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about all of the exhibits we saw, especially the dinosaurs, which was her favorite! She was a guide who obviously enjoyed here job very much, and we were both informed and entertained.
There were only 6 in party, so it was easy to hear everything. We had to wear face masks inside the museum, which had just opened up the previous week.
Written July 2, 2021
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Nicole M
2 contributions
Our family's favorite museum
May 2021
We love this museum and used to go here all the time. There is so much to do, so much to learn, and the perfect place for science lovers. Lots of interactive exhibits for children. Make sure to check out the new Insect Zoo and the Butterfly Garden (where you can walk among a ton of butterflies!). The prehistoric exhibits are wonderful too. I can't even explain it all. Just go!!
Written June 30, 2021
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Alveena E
Aldie, VA3 contributions
Love this place
Jun 2021 • Couples
Always a good time. Cant wait to go back its booked all summer. Great place for kids always nice to go back and take visitors.
Written June 25, 2021
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Katie
Plymouth, MA84 contributions
Not Exceptional
Apr 2021 • Family
*April 2019
We didn’t have much time here, but I don’t think that much time is needed. I liked the American Museum of Natural History in New York better than this one. I know people come here to look at the Hope Diamond, but is really not that special.
Written April 17, 2021
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Angela R
2 contributions
Great
Sep 2020 • Family
One of the best in the world!!! Clean! Great line / people management. Nothing worse that not being able to enjoy yourselves because of overcrowded lines and mismanagement. That is the best part of this museum they understand this!!
Written December 28, 2020
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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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