We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Travellers' Choice award winner
Neighbourhood: National Mall
Features Animals
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number:
+1 202-633-1000
Website
Today
10:00 - 17:30
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description:

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$ 64.00*
and up
Morning Monuments Tour of Washington DC
More Info
US$ 80.00*
and up
Arlington Cemetery and National Mall Monuments Bus Tour
More Info
US$ 75.00*
and up
Washington DC Legend Daytime Comprehensive Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 8,815 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 4813
    Excellent
  • 1807
    Very good
  • 587
    Average
  • 113
    Poor
  • 34
    Terrible
Great for the Price - Free

Compared to the Natural History Museum in NYC, I was a bit disappointed. A few or the larger exhibits were closed and, as expected, it was extremely crowded. However, there was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
CesiraLu
,
Washington DC, District of Columbia
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

8,815 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 7,354: English reviews
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Compared to the Natural History Museum in NYC, I was a bit disappointed. A few or the larger exhibits were closed and, as expected, it was extremely crowded. However, there was plenty to see and you can't beat free :)

Helpful?
Thank CesiraLu
Oakland
Level Contributor
38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

With free admission and open 364 days a year, The National Museum of Natural History is the third most visited museum in the world, the most visited natural history museum in the world, and the most visited museum (of any type) in North America. With collections that contain over 126 million specimens it is highly recommended to research ahead of... More 

Helpful?
Thank Mark H
Level Contributor
56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent four hours and did not finish. It was great!! Fascinating displays, IMAX movies, fun gift shops. See dinosaur fossils, butterfly room, the Hope Diamond, and so much more.

Helpful?
Thank Resue
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The dinosaurs! The elephants! The WOWs coming from the grandchildren's mouth! All worth the crowded spaces!

Helpful?
Thank HilliardForever
Hamilton, Canada
Level Contributor
35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I expected more of an organized educational experience. Hundreds if not thousands of people zigzagging between poorly indicated routes through the exhibits. The outdoor gardens and the sculptures garden were better. It is too much of a free for all geared for middle school children. Not what I expected.

Helpful?
Thank Suzanne B
Catlett, Virginia
Level Contributor
124 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Sorry to say I did not plan ahead enough, this place allows no pocket knives and I had 2 on me , my brother in law had 1 as well . Once I saw the scanner I was honest, showed them and was turned away

Helpful?
Thank cmecamp
Columbus, New Jersey
Level Contributor
19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The displays were interesting but the shear volume of people in the museum made for a lousy experience. This was May and the place was a madhouse. I was told that this museum is one of the busiest. I can only imagine how much worst it will be in mid summer.

Helpful?
Thank Kuhuna66
Ogden, Utah
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We didn't have a lot of time to spend in the museum, but we loved it! I especially liked the small section of mummies, another section on the origin of man and the fossils area. We could have spent another few hours there! Very informative and interesting.

Helpful?
Thank Lisa B
Williamsburg,
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our Boys were able to research and take pictures and write about several exhibits for school. Made is so much more than just reading in a book.

Helpful?
Thank Ken G
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is beautiful. I was thrilled the see our Star Spangled Banner! Took in the dresses of the First Ladies inaugural ball. The museum is very easy to navigate. Wish we had more time to see it all!

Helpful?
Thank MsCindyVintage

Travellers who viewed Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History also viewed

 

Been to Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and other visitors
18 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (18)

Questions? Get answers from Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?