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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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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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fun museum to visit, suggest going early to avoid large crowds. good for all ages. a must see at least once

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Miami, Florida
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

fun museum to visit, suggest going early to avoid large crowds. good for all ages. a must see at least once

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had an amazing few hours. Could have spent much longer. Loved the mammals, whales, mummies and Easter island dumb dumb. Hope diamond was impressive. Whatever your interest from bugs to elephants you will find it here. Lots of interactive stuff and imax movies. Too much to cover. Get a guide when you get there and if you can plan your... More 

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Miramar Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited with our granddaughters and all of us really enjoyed the exhibits. It was somewhat crowded over the Thanksgiving holiday but we found that the entrance from the mall side had no lines.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing displays! Something for everyone to look at. Along with the animals/sea life displays there is intresting info to read as you walk thru. Even tho it was a Saturday I didn't feel crowded as we walked around. Definitely recommend!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is way cool for all ages. As a 32 year old I went on my birthday and was SO excited to see the evolution of whales, the hope diamond, redwood totem poles, and a real easter island statue. Goodness me! I need to go back and explore further. Free and so fun.

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Lakeland, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So much to see !! It took us at least 5 hours to get thru the museum and that was rushing it because we didn't want to miss our bus back to Arlington. Loved it !!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It is one of the most popular museums in DC, especially for families with children. But adults can enjoy it too. I like the IMAX movies shown at the museum. One about the National Parks, which is currently showing, is just fantastic. The screen is huge: six-stories high, apparently. The surround-sound system is also terrific. The movies are G rated,... More 

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Duluth, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Huge number of exhibits. The evolution of man, concepts and presentation were excellent. Jewelry and gems exhibit is a must. The mammal exhibit is also good. Nature photography winners were the best part of the day. Many more we could not get to see. Definitely a return visit is in order.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's always worth a visit to the collected natural objects of wonder such as the Hope diamond and fossils. This visit we looked at the exhibit of wildlife photography on display, and really enjoyed those captured moments in our world. A wonderful capture by the camera was a cuddling moment between a polar bear and her cub, taken near Churchill,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A spectacular museum and a must visit. Huge collections of animals, fossils, marine life, etc. I loved the curious section of this museum where you can touch and get information about super old fossils. A must see to appreciate the blessing of what Nature has provided.

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