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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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  • Average7%
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10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
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+1 202-633-1000
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Reviewed yesterday

Having been to many natural history museums, this was remarkably disappointing, as I learned nothing new. If you're looking for a destination for a field trip, I guess this will work, but if you've ever been to another natural history museum, scratch "being edified" off...More

Thank JohnGIV
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a slight disappointment. There was only a few dinosaurs and 1 mummy. The Hope Diamond was neat, but just a big rock. Overall, I would only visit here if you had a few hours to burn, but don't put it at the top...More

Thank Kirstie N
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited this museum several years ago and found it to be on the tired side, with yellowing, somewhat dusty displays. So much has changed since then! All of the exhibits seem to be updated to allow for different flow of visitors and have modernized...More

Thank Laura M
Reviewed 3 days ago

Oh how I love this place! The collections have been renovated and updated from the last time visit...far more engaging and educational. There is something for everyone...interested in ecology, like big precious stones, fascinated by natural selection? It's truly a museum for everyone.

Thank ccMD2015
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you have seen one natural history museum you have seen the all. Nothing spectacular. We should have went to other Smithsonian 's instead of this one...

Thank lhefling
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The National Museum of Natural History is most definitely a must see place when visiting DC :). The exhibits are super educational, very informative, and quite amazing ... the gem collection, the ocean room, and the human origin halls were our favorite. Be sure to...More

Thank G C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I was in many of then (london, NYC etc) but this one is just the best. They don't have only reproductions but also real things. Very beautiful and interesting made, plan many hours or maybe a day for it!

Thank Leonidastra86
Reviewed 5 days ago

As the Smithsonian museums are free, this makes them a great place to visit for everyone. However, I'm not sure whether it's because I've been spoiled with London's Natural History Museum, or whether we'd been to the National Air and Space Museum (which is AMAZING)...More

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Always enjoy stopping here at their Gift Shop for special Christmas gifts. Have found many gifts for the holiday season.

Thank Enjoy2travel
Reviewed 6 days ago

Plenty to see and do. Strong messages about climate change, the environment, and life on earth. We stopped at the coral reef exhibit with live coral and fish. A volunteer was so knowledgable and a great communicator. We learned quite a bit from him and...More

Thank Susan S
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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