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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
National Mall
+1 202-633-1000
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Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

I was expecting something along the lines of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, so this was a major letdown. Some of the exhibits are rather dull and not well organized. When even the dinosaurs are boring, it's time to overhaul your...More

Thank cmbolton
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We visited this place (two ladies 40 yrs⬆️ and a 7th grader) its was a great visit. We stayed approx 4-5 hours and that was perfect/ lots to see and touch here. Great learning experience for all.

Thank Heidi C
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Enjoyable to everyone. Learned allot. They had a great Peoples magazine exhibit that was great. It was amazing how many of the great actors where all born in 1946.

Thank abigailstar2009
Reviewed 13 October 2016

A truly fascinating range of exhibits which are very well presented for children and adults alike. We did not plan well enough to take everything in but the geology / gemstones section was really interesting. I never knew there were so many gems and how...More

Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Our family very much enjoyed the mammal exhibit but were left a little cold with the precious stones exhibit and the anthropological exhibits.

Thank Bpkengor
Reviewed 13 October 2016

This is a superb place to eat on a budget.Good choice of food and drinks from a variety of outlets. Loads of tables and the food was cooked to a very high standard.

Thank Neil D
Reviewed 13 October 2016

First of all it's free. The exhibits and information is wonderful. Full explanations with great exhibits make it incredibly fascinating. We spent 5 hours on the third floor alone and we planned to finish that floor and otheres on our next visit.

Thank BigKahuna101
Reviewed 13 October 2016

I've been to natural history museums in many places. What makes this a bit special is the beautiful architecture and the rather extraordinary exhibition of geology and gemstones. The other exhibits were also very well done, and the gift shop is great.

Thank Sarah v
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Great museum, especially being free to enter as all Smithsonium museums are. But as natural history museums go, the ones in New York and London are probably my favourites. It's almost "once you've seen one, you've seen them all"!

Thank catj077
Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is one of my favorites. There are various exhibits to see. They have interactive things for kids to see and discover. Would definitely come back here again.

Thank twinklec28
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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