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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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Favorite smithsonian with young children

We've visited many times from out of state, and it's always one of our first stops when in DC. There is a ton to see and interactive opportunities for little children. Go, you... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We've visited many times from out of state, and it's always one of our first stops when in DC. There is a ton to see and interactive opportunities for little children. Go, you won't regret it.

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Don't miss this museum while in Washington. There are animals from all over the world. Life size dinosaurs are worth the visit. The section on the evolution of humans was fascinating. Definitely a must see, especially if you have kids along.

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trail, BC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our Company had a dinner party in here and we got to wonder around after hours and take it all in with out the crowds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Truly a great experience! Dream come true visit enjoyed every minute of it. I forgot I was even walking so much, but do wear comfortable shoes.

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Another great Smithsonian Museum. There is a lot to see and do here. Plan on staying the day. The Hope Diamond was gorgeous. There is a section dedicated various gems near the diamond which was amazing. The elephant, dinosaurs, birds, and animals are well kept and beautifully displayed. It's free to get in. The restaurant is a bit expense but... More 

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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place has everything for everyone! This is a must! All ages will love it. Very cool place that wonderful exhibits

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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We could've spent all day - easily - just looking at the various minerals. There's no way to describe just how much there is to see here. You probably could spend an entire week and still not see everything. The food was ridiculously expensive, and not many street vendor options.

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Thank Rob H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is so much to see an experience at this museum. To really enjoy it keep almost an entire day. They have the ocean animals, human history, presidents gallery. Best of all its free. You pay a small fee to watch some IMAX movie but they have various other documentaries playing all over the museum. The food at the food... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Want to see one of the world most famous diamond? The Hope diamond on display alone is worth the trip plus free admission.

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great museum, but too crowded for us to really be able to enjoy the exhibits. We did like the IMAX movie on the National Parks.We were there on a a Sunday afternoon in August...maybe there are less crowded times???

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