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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Neighbourhood: National Mall
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Address: 10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number:
+1 202-633-1000
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10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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I love science and animals so this museum is made for me. There is enough here to keep adults and children interested and entertained. We were there for about 4 hours.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love science and animals so this museum is made for me. There is enough here to keep adults and children interested and entertained. We were there for about 4 hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a great museum for people of all ages. The life-like displays are fantastic. Another brilliant free activity that you could spend hours walking through.

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

National Gallery of Art was more our cup of tea. Long line to get in, but it went very fast. Those who don't know, it's a free museum. There’s way too many people (particularly lots of kids running around) during winter holidays, but I’m not complaining (it was expected); just stating an observation that’s all. We got lucky to be... More 

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Winnetka, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is great -- We always default to the Air and Space museum but the girls really wanted to go here. Loved it. The transportation system was very interesting and includes not only old autos, trains and buses but ships and shipping as well. The animal gallery is spectacular as well and divided by continents.. Favorite chuckle of the... More 

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York, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I LOVE this museum! From the origins of life on our planet, to dinosaurs and cave men, to an amazing collection of taxidermied animals, this is an amazing museum. also boasts an amazing collection of antique jewelry and a geologic section. I could spend days in this building alone!

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My first trip to D.C. and Dad told me to be sure to see the Hope Diamond. I did. I was impressive, but just the beginning of the amazing gems and minerals on display

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Savannah Ga
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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Very great really a overall amazing place for family or just by there self you get lost in past history of our great Country .

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good collection of minerals and animal displays. Can be crowded on holidays and weekends. Currently being updated, needs more events.

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Horn Lake, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

WOW....I think you could spend one day at each museum and still not see everything. Lots of security into each building so don't carry a bunch around. My favorite was the airplanes...I lived the hands on for everyone. Hope diamond was way cool. Animals...and museum employees love to tell you about everything.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum has many different areas for attractions, so if you have someone in your party who couldn't care less about dinosaurs, they can go see the gems and geology areas. My favorite is the oceans exhibit.

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