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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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A great stop for all ages

I was lucky enough to be a guest at a association evening dinner. After the dinner we were free to tour the museum. What a treat to read the history of so many things. There are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

the butterfly room is really great, everything else is just average especially after you have been to the London equivalent

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was lucky enough to be a guest at a association evening dinner. After the dinner we were free to tour the museum. What a treat to read the history of so many things. There are a wide range of exhibits suited fro all ages. This is a stop well worth making while in DC.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great displays. Very nice mineral shop. Grounds are also nice. Cafeteria not so good. Go next door to the art gallery for a great meal in the cafeteria

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You hear of the smithsonian brand throughout the world so I was going into this museum with high hopes of a mind blowing experience. While it is a nice museum it does not come close to the natural history museum in the U.K. It didn't help that the dinosaur section was closed and will be under renovations for a while.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Need somewhere for everyone? This is your place. So many things for all ages. We loved seeing the actual Star Spangled Banner on display as well as the First Ladies dresses and the Ruby Slippers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family of 4 spent 5 hours exploring here and would have gone back if time allowed. My 9 year olds loved the animal exhibits. My 13 year old spent an hour reading about the history of mankind. A must visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our family has been coming here for 40+ years. It has always been my wife's favorite museum. We have been to museums in just about all 50 states. The place is huge, but the displays are not crowded into any particular small space. Take the train here and you have an inexpensive trip filled with life-long memories.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the most gratifying and enjoyable activities for visitors to Washington DC is spending time at the museums. There are many, each with its own theme, entry is free and they are so close together that walking from one to another is generally a viable option. There are so many museums that seeing them properly may take several visits.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Do you enjoy history? Don't rush it then. Take your time. So many good exhibits to view. Wide range of themes. If you've been before, well, some things change. Luckily, some things also remain the same. Our Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History is an USA jewel!!! Hats off to all the Curators, Director, Staff (incl. Security, Reservation, Custodians, etc.),... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an excellent place to visit with your kids. We spent a lot of time learning about various peoples and cultures, and the rise and fall of empires, and the atrocities of war. I was fascinated with the mud cloth exhibit in the African history section but simultaneously was horrified by the inhumanity of the Transatlantic slave trade. This... More 

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