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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If your into animals and all about the prehistoric scince this is the place for you. I was bummed they didn't have many mummys on diaplay. I'm all about the bones. The muesum is free to enter and has tons of fun things for the...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We only had 30 minutes once you use the bathroom, so we saw the bones and mummies. The evolution part was cool but we were in a tour group and it drove us nuts. This place is like a science nerd's dream come true (me)....More

Thank Tess J
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Reviewed yesterday

I am a history buff and this museum is worth several hours of your time. Everyone want ps to see hope diamond but make sure you go through the hall of gems, some amazing stones and pieces

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Spent parts of two days touring this. Incredibly crowded with clueless grade schoolers and their "chaperones", but still amazing gem and mineral exhibits. The extensive taxidermy of animals is excellent, but always kind of sad for me.

Thank Jb0y
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went to the National history museum. There was a long line on a Saturday morning. But it’s moving. It’s really crowded but we visited all the main item. We were too late to get the tickets to see the butterflies exhibition. We did look...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lots of glass between visitors and displays. Vast educational opportunities but no Big Bang to keep youth interested. Elephant icon in main foyer always a big deal for first time visitors.

Thank Robert F
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Reviewed 3 days ago

So much to see, you could spend all day here reading and spending time at each exhibit. Safari animals were my favorite and really showed how large they are.

Thank Americantravel17
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Te museum is great and it is wonderful that's for free allowing families to access the natural history. The museum is quite big but does not have too many animals at display. A similar museum in Milan and Oxford is better. I liked the part...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Was not on my plans to visit... that would have been a mistake. Along with the bones and whatnot is the butterfly museum located within. On Tuesdays this is a free attraction. Well worth the visit for free. There are free timed tickets go get...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History was everything I wanted in a natural history museum. There are so many amazing exhibits and sections and there was just so much to see and do. But it is hard to comprehend how huge this museum is without...More

Thank Corey J
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Doris C
26 April 2018|
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Response from hisons | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see them either, but may have missed them. You may be able to email the curator at the museum to ask. They're re-doing the whole dinosaur exhibit, so there was a limited amount displayed.
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Mandypaula
21 April 2018|
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Response from Travel B | Reviewed this property |
As long as you are near the National Mall 'Strip' you are safe. Almost every museum you want to visit is somewhere on that line.
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Daniel C
28 March 2018|
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Response from Pedro S | Reviewed this property |
We were there during the Cherry Blossom Festival and we waited about 25 to get thru Security. Could go faster it people would listen and follow instructions.
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