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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 2 July 2016 via mobile

There was only 2 floors with exhibits on them, and i was just expecting something more spectacular. We spent more time in the gift shop, than the half filled museum. We could have skipped this.

Thank bearsmom2016
Reviewed 2 July 2016

You could easily spend hours in this museum if you take the time to see everything! There was even an aquarium inside. They had everything from photos of National Parks to Egyptian Mummies. It is 3 stories tall and packed with fasination artifacts.

Thank goofyskier
Reviewed 2 July 2016

The museums of the Smithsonian bring our countries history to life. Every phase of it. A must see but allow time. So much to see.

Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

My absolute favorite is the National geographic photos contest exhibit. The photos are absolutely amazing. There is always something new going on and exhibits get updated every regularly. Lots of interesting things for all ages

Thank Olga C
Reviewed 1 July 2016

Every natural history museum is always fun but this one is THE one and delightful from top to bottom. You can appreciate all the hard work that has gone into every display and category of exhibits. The fact this is all FREE is incredible. Don't...More

Thank Marsha C
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Nice museum and free. What more could you ask for. Grandkids had a great time . So much to check out and see. Butterfly pavilion was their favorite (extra cost for this exhibit). Also was cool to see the hope diamond and all the gems...More

Thank lizandmike2014
Reviewed 1 July 2016

This is a great place to bring kids with lots of things to do and explore for novices or experts. The section with the jewels was packed, but the rest of the places we went were manageable. We saw some stuffed animals here that we...More

Thank davisellu
Reviewed 1 July 2016

this is very dated our museum in Cincinnati is much better. Did enjoy all the stuffed animals. kids did enjoy

Thank Robin R
Reviewed 1 July 2016

I went with my 7 year old and we actually spent a good part of two days here. If you really enjoy natural history the exhibits are really well done and you could spend forever wandering around. There is something for everyone here from the...More

Thank Maura E
Reviewed 1 July 2016

The museum will take 3 hours of your time. 4 hours if visiting with kids. The advice is to visit Air and space museum first (10 am) and then visit this museum on the same day. Entry is Free. Kids will love this place.

Thank Ashutosh G
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Response from Manisha J | Reviewed this property |
You dont need tickets
13 July 2017|
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Response from Neil G | Reviewed this property |
There are no parking garages anywhere near the entire mall area. There is very limited free street parking on Madison Drive, which is one-way heading west. Start at 4th St. Get there very, very early. Also, Jefferson... More
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Response from loveanadventure365 | Reviewed this property |
The museum of natural history has everything-geology, the Hope diamond, Neanderthals, cave replicas, under the sea exhibits- there's just so much to explore. The hundreds of teenagers there seemed to love it.