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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
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Reviewed March 30, 2011

This museum is by far the best. Every time I visit this museum it's always packed, but that doesn't take away from the experience. Furthermore, this museum is constantly adding new attractions, so each time I visit (once a year) there's always something new!

Date of experience: July 2010
Thank Margie_DavisChau
Reviewed March 20, 2011

I loved this three floors and you would have to spend all day to see everything. As it is I think we missed some stuff. They have some very interesting things, the gem room they had all kinds of jewels from queens, princess and of...More

Date of experience: June 2010
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Reviewed March 15, 2011

Anyone who likes gems needs to visit the gem display at the Natural History museum. Yes, yes there's the Hope Diamond, but I was much more impressed by the other jewelry on display - especially the emeralds and the Marie Antoinette tiara and necklace. They...More

Date of experience: March 2011
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Reviewed January 31, 2011

.. and every time, there's something new and awesome to see. Last time I was there, the Oceans exhibit was under construction, and holy crap, did they do a good job. It's not that large of a space, but the curators have used every inch...More

Date of experience: January 2011
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Reviewed January 29, 2011

We had 6 hours between trains, and made the easy 1 mile walk to spend a couple hours at the National Museum of Natural History. I'm sure we only saw a tiny fraction of the exhibits. I definately want to go back.

Date of experience: January 2011
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Reviewed November 30, 2010

this museum is fabulous, so much to do and because it's free you can come and go as you please. you could spend an hour here or several days and there's plenty of interactive exhibits for all ages.

Thank Elisa B
Reviewed November 26, 2010

I LOVE museums... I can't get enough of them. And this is definitely one of the very best amongst them. Every show is breathtaking and intriguing and the museum just keeps on going and going… you can come every day of the week and still...More

Thank SupernovaSurvivor
Reviewed November 5, 2010

If you're traveling to Washington DC, make sure you plan an entire day to enjoy this amazing exhibit. From creatures of the ocean, to man, to natural wonders to precious gems, this place has it all. It was better than we could have hoped for....More

Thank MarySteff
Reviewed October 29, 2010

We had a great time here. The Butterfly Pavilion is a MUST DO! It does cost extra but it is so worth it. Here are all the details http://wp.me/pQ3NA-hb!

Thank happyfamilytrav
Reviewed October 12, 2010

We loved this museum, more than the Air & Space museum.5 days in Washington is all i want now to visit all the museum there.

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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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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......