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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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We had just a few hours left in the day, we visited the gems section in the museum. This was such a treat! The Hope diamond is unbelievable, the selections of gems is... read more

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East Islip, New York
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had just a few hours left in the day, we visited the gems section in the museum. This was such a treat! The Hope diamond is unbelievable, the selections of gems is spectacular. The speciments of different rocks is so educational, my grandchildren did not want to leave the museum. I was sorry we did not have more time.... More 

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Charlottetown, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wasn't sure what to expect, but the older teens (17 & 13) loved it. We spent 3 hours here. On Tuesdays tickets to the butterfly pavilion are free, you just need a timed ticket. The tarantula feeding was very informative! Diana hasn't eaten for 5 weeks and she didn't eat today. Parking was easy to find when we arrived around... More 

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Saint Clair, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I feel that the museum was good, however, being a Smithsonian it could be better. There are only two complete dinosaur bones and the gems are cool, but there could be more specimens. It was pretty crowded, but it should be expected.

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Beloit, WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were a little disappointed that there was a charge to enter the butterfly exhibit. With all else being free it was a little disappointing. Otherwise very neat.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited this Smithsonian for the third time. It's great for families since it encompasses dinosaurs, animals, human evolution, mummies, minerals. etc. Thus, it's a great "one stop shop". For me, I've been to numerous other museums, specifically the "Field House Museum" in Chicago, that covered these items in more detail though at a price. Entrance to all Smithsonian Museums are... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So I made the mistake of thinking my nieces and nephew would enjoy a trip to DC visiting all the amazing museums. Sure they dug the National Gallery (who wouldn't!) but as my sister and I took them from museums they wanted to visit (Air and Space, American History), all we got was grumps and complains. Not the case with... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great museum, can take an entire day to go through but very worth it. There is a lot of construction, watch yourself.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit, especially conversations with museum staff where kids got to examine fossils and pet hissing cockroaches! Nice size museum for 2-3 hours, which was more than enough for kids aged 3.5 and 5.5. Plenty of things at their height to touch and explore. Nice combination of living things (fish, bugs and butterflies), taxidermy displays (mammals), videos (evolution... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited this free museum just a few days ago and had a great time. There's so much to see but our favourites were the live butterfly exhibit and the rocks and gems. The National Geographic photo exhibit was also impressive. Definitely recommend it to adults and families - would be a great educational experience for kids. We hired a... More 

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Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The whole idea of a museum is to take you through the history, but I was hoping for a tad more than that when I visited the infamous Smithsonian. The tours were very informative, but getting so much information in so little time doesn't actually help. After a while things get boring and dragged. All in all an average experience.

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