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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

Prepare to be curious! And if you do, prepare to spend a month here. This museum is truly great. Whether going to see Lucy (early homo sapiens) and her predecessors, or going to see the Hope diamond, it is all mind-bogglingly interesting and presented in...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Here you can see everything from the hat lincoln wore the night he was assassinated, to julia child's kitchen. You need at least a couple of hours to properly make your way through this museum but you wont regret it!

Thank Baker_Bowie
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you like any kind of gems and minerals they have a great collection. The Hope Diamond is also in their collection. Dinosaurs, all kinds of sea creatures, insects, butterflies just to name a few of the exhibits.

Thank Cynthia G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went to see dinasours but this was limited the other exhibits were great and the photographs brilliant

Thank hubduk
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a beautiful, well curated museum. The German minerals section was absolutely mind blowing in and every other area was not far behind. A must see.

Thank arehay
Reviewed yesterday

Visited on 7/12/2017 (Wednesday): There is so much to see here that you need at least half a day or more to see everything. With two floors jam packed with numerous exhibits filled with tons of information this museum is perfect for anyone of all...More

Thank BrutolMotent
Reviewed yesterday

Visited Washington for 3 days end of this July with family as beginning of our summer holiday. Smithsonian was a great place to visit and way to escape the afternoon summer heat. Enjoyed wandering through the galleries, especially origins of mankind and whilst visiting had...More

Thank debbieingledew
Reviewed yesterday

This museum is very large and packed with interesting exhibits. The Hall of Mammals may be a bit frightening for young children, I would rather see the animals at a zoo or on a safari. Leave at least 2 to 3 hours to see everything...More

Thank bigmommajaye
Reviewed 2 days ago

There is a lot to see here so we probably weren't able to get to as much as we wanted in the few hours we were there. The evolution wing, butterfly zone and omnimax theater were all great.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I don't even know where to start. This is the best museum out there. So much to see, so much to learn, so much to do. The exhibits are PHENOMENAL and are all so well put together that they flow fluidly and tell a "story"...More

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30 July 2017|
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Response from Got2BeTru | Reviewed this property |
I would contact the museum directly for their suggestions. Parking is at a premium around that area.
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 HenryLabs10 | Reviewed this property |
The Ronald Reagan international building is literally steps away from the Smithsonian. It cost $15 to park here, but because it's a federal building, it is very secure! You will be very comfortable parking here as every car... More