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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
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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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This is a great museum. Honestly one of the best museums I've seen and I'm a big Museum buff. It's easy to follow it is accessible for all ages and knowledge levels.

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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a great museum. Honestly one of the best museums I've seen and I'm a big Museum buff. It's easy to follow it is accessible for all ages and knowledge levels.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a good stop along the Mall. You will see ocean life, land, gems, the history of mankind, insects, butterflies and a few other stops. It was a fun stop.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I stopped in my for Birthday and visited the gems ( of course) and all the other standing exhibits. I noticed they were playing National Parks narrated by Robert Redford in the IMAX; AWESOME!! Must see movie. And they currently have a National Geographic Photography exhibit through Sept ...if you love wild life, you must see these photographs. They are... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A little bit of everything under one roof. Give yourself plenty of time to see it all. Highlights were the giant squid, dinosaurs (always), and the Hope Diamond.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was only able to stay a short time, but can't wait to return. There is a wealth of knowledge here contained in a magnificent building and it's free! What's not to like?

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From the elephant at the grand entrance to the T-Rex fossil, this place is so much fun, and very interactive. Great for families or just a fun day trip.

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Marion, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Mammal room was great for all ages, the Ocean room was very educational, the Rocks and minerals exhibit along with the HOPE DIAMOND was amazing. We spent most of our time downstairs. We came to visit on President's Day, crowds were not that bad, and we did not have to wait long at all to get in. (5-10 min right... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The exhibits are mostly good, though some need a refresh. Also, see the National Parks IMAX movie if possible while you are there. A good place for families to enjoy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A stellar collection for all to enjoy. Despite the weekend crowds, this museum is a great way to spend a few hours.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We felt that a visit to the National Museum was a must. When we got in there, it didn't take us long to walk through. It is a good location to take the kids. There is a lot of interactive things and good learning opportunities.

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