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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Tours & Tickets

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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...more
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10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
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Reviewed yesterday

Really enjoyed it. Lots to see. We were riding sit down scooters and had no problems. Easy to navigate round. Beware there are long distances between museums even though map makes it look like right next door. Museums are HUGE.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank casper684
Reviewed yesterday

There is soooo much to see here and it all comes together nicely in a variety of ways! It can get crowded but be patient and take advantage of wonderful exhibits.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dpotter57
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

In my opinion what made this museum was the insect exhibit. This is the only museum that I have ever been to that has live insects. I actually held a cockroach!!! Very cool, make time for this place!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Firemedic26
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

By far my favorite museum in Washington DC. I could have spent all day there and not have covered the entire museum. A definite must for anyone in the DC area.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank MN_Camper82
Reviewed 2 days ago

We didn't see all of the museum as there is so much to see. There is quite a lot of interactive items so great fun for kids, its clearly explained and well displayed.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank patriciae251
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The natural history museum is good, exhibits and collections pretty interesting but also nothing to write home about, if you like rocks, dinosaurs and stuffed animals you’ll be very happy, if you have been to a natural history museum before, it’ll be pretty much the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank TyrnLex
Reviewed 3 days ago

Don't miss this must see museum. Very well done exhibits and phenomenal specimens of our natural world. Something for everyone.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Tonyb38633
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place for adults and children alike. Check out the dinasour section and don't forget to go upstairs to check out the Hope Diamond and other minerals, etc. Forget the mammal exhibit...just a depressing collection of stuffed animals. But the rest of the place is...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ParkerSturbridge
Reviewed 3 days ago

I’m sure the museum is wonderful and full of learnings, but unfortunately we weren’t able to enjoy it because of the massive crowds. At some point they should be cutting off entrance- as it completely ruins the experience and ability to read/learn. Such a disappointment...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Jackie O
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What an amazing museum this is and so much to see and do, free admission opens at 10am, the gems and diamonds they have in one section are breathtaking, the collection of artefacts are incredible, a real must go to place whilst you are in...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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michellety31
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Response from Justin W | Reviewed this property |
There are about a dozen hotels in the area. The InterContinental is the closest. It all depends on what type of hotel you want and how much you are willing to pay and if you want to walk a little farther for a better price... More
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Response from Justin W | Reviewed this property |
It's free. Don't miss the Hope Diamond!
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Response from Chang- G | Reviewed this property |
We've been going to DC many years as a family vacation - and we have 3 girls - and a great option for us has been to stay outside of DC in Chevy Chase or Bethesda. Why? Because rates are a little cheaper and Chevy Chase has... More
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