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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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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...more
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10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
National Mall
+1 202-633-1000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was one of the many museums we visited while in DC. I especially enjoyed the gem and mineral collection. The Hope Diamond was interesting to see, although I liked some of the other gem pieces better.

Thank Holly M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is an excellent facility and if you’ve not see mammal displays, skeletal displays, dinosaur displays, etc. before, you will like it. For us, we’ve seen so much of this in other areas of the country that we left in a short period of time....More

Thank Steven H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Well layed out, very educative, customer friendly.and totally free .. amazing that they could fit so much in just one place. In many ways so much better than the Kennedy Space Center.

Thank Christophe P
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went to the museum on an overnight trip to DC. There's not much to say that hasn't already been said. It's a great place, with a lot under one roof. It is not conducive to taking your time to really learn, and it is...More

Thank bluemarble2017
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We decided to get a last day visit around this museum and we had a great time viewing the exhibits of the natural world. The place is well laid out with lots to see and it's spread over 3 floors so allow yourself a few...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I loved everything about the Smithsonian! I only had 1 day to look around and I didn’t even make a dent in seeing it all. If you plan on going you will need at least 2 days. The best part about it that I didn’t...More

Thank ASCharlton
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This museum had a huge number of interesting exhibits and most of the exhibits are free of charge. The only additional activity that we paid for was the butterfly exhibit which was worth the small fee. Would highly recommend for tourists or DC locals, you...More

Thank Liam M
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place was a total waste of time. It had very little history in it. We didn't enjoy it at all. Wished we would have skipped it

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Whenever I ask my kids what they want to do in the city, they always tell me either the Natural History Museum or the Air and Space Museum. They never get tired of seeing the dinosaurs, learning about mammals or saying hello to the giant...More

1  Thank WalkingOnTravels
Reviewed 3 days ago

I enjoyed visiting this museum however it was extremely crowded to the extent that we decided to leave. It was nearly impossible to move from one exhibit to another due to the sheer number of people at this location. I would strongly recommend arriving as...More

Thank Catherine4290
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July 21, 2018|
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Response from oldkmom | Reviewed this property |
Honestly, probably about 10 min for the average person. None of them are very far away from each other Also, if you want to go to the African American Museum, they release “tickets” every morning and they go quickly!! Same... More
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Response from alocalSummervilleSC | Reviewed this property |
Backpacks are inspected, so keep the contents simple. No food or drinks allowed except water. Eat before you go, because the food courts are very, very expensive. Big lines form because of the delays in the inspecting, so... More
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Sorry I can’t say 100% but I think I did see them. There is just so much to see......