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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 202-633-1000
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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 tools used by early man.
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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

As with the Air and Space museum this place is almost overwhelmingly crowded during summer months. I wish we had researched the areas we wanted to see beforehand instead of wandering around aimlessly. Food in all Smithsonian food courts was overpriced. Still, food choices along...More

Thank Selena B
Reviewed 2 days ago

the title of my review pretty much says it all....plenty to do and see in this museum....except for the dinosaur exhibit is lacking I felt...but the rest was great....

1  Thank hnyctfam
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Put on your walking shoes- so much to look at! Even if your not a history buff, definitely can find something you will enjoy!

1  Thank paulygirl23
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

More crowded then I expected but still a must do in DC, especially if you're traveling with children.

1  Thank Angel0671
Reviewed 2 days ago

I have regularly visited the National Museum of Natural History in the last five years that I have lived in D.C. By far, this is my favorite museum in the city. Not only are the exhibits amazing, but the IMAX theater gives you an opportunity...More

3  Thank AllergieswithAmanda
Reviewed 2 days ago

You could get lost in this magnificent place! Plan for a nice long visit or go to the sections you want to see the most. We were there for 1 1/2 hours before closing and only saw a fraction of the museum. The mummy section...More

1  Thank Angel M
Reviewed 3 days ago

There are so many great, and free, attractions in Washington DC that it's hard to stand out, but the Smithsonian Natural History Museum does. Growing from the seeds of the generous Smithson legacy (he never set foot in the US), the Natural History Museum has...More

1  Thank Dan L
Reviewed 3 days ago

Having not been here since high school (40+ years), and having been at the British Museum a couple of months ago, it seems that the Smithsonian is more inclined to be politically correct than to present a well-developed display. For example, the mummies exhibition was...More

Thank Bruce56k
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very cool! It was a bit crowded but we didn't feel like that took away from the experience - just meant we had to wait a couple seconds to see some of the exhibits. Staff is very friendly and they had a cart in the...More

Thank Liad S
Reviewed 3 days ago

This place has it all - dinosaurs, gems, snakes, mammals, mummies, and birds. If you are a nature lover, this is the place to go to see animals up close and compare with other animals. Allow at least 3 hours to see most of the...More

Thank DuncanMc5
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18 July 2017|
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Response from Manisha J | Reviewed this property |
You dont need tickets
13 July 2017|
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Response from Neil G | Reviewed this property |
There are no parking garages anywhere near the entire mall area. There is very limited free street parking on Madison Drive, which is one-way heading west. Start at 4th St. Get there very, very early. Also, Jefferson... More
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Response from loveanadventure365 | Reviewed this property |
The museum of natural history has everything-geology, the Hope diamond, Neanderthals, cave replicas, under the sea exhibits- there's just so much to explore. The hundreds of teenagers there seemed to love it.