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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%
  • Poor1%
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10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
National Mall
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Reviewed today via mobile

This museum is one of the best I've been too. Lots of exhibits which are very informative and interesting, and lots of museum workers who are giving talks or live exhibits (insects etc). Biggest diamond in the world is also there too. The mammal exhibit...More

Thank Louis W
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Reviewed today

I work near this museum and I walk over during lunch sometime. I enjoy the Gem Exhibit. I have gone a couple of times to view the Butterfly Exhibit, but no luck yet. There is often waiting which I can do during lunch. I hope...More

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Reviewed today

There is something for everyone here, under one roof. From prehistoric times and creatures, to the oceans and all things blue, you will gain a better understanding of how our planet works, and the interactions of humans and the environment. There are displays for all...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is free to the public (love that all of the Smithsonian museums are free) and located in the National Mall. This museum was in Night at the Smithsonian: Battle of the Smithsonian (staring Ben Stiller) by the way. I...More

Thank meowmix318
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Reviewed yesterday

Had less than 2 hours to spend inside, unfortunately, and would have needed 2 weeks instead. Great place to learn and appreciate the vastness and diversity of this beautiful planet we live on. Amazing for children, adults and everything in between!

Thank Ina D
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Reviewed yesterday

We have been coming to this Museum ever since our boys were little, and even though everyone has grown up now, this place has remained one of our favorite areas to visit every time we are in DC. As soon as you enter, you see...More

Thank TheExplorerFamily
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Reviewed yesterday

I could spend multiple days in here nerding out for my inner paleontologist. Amazing exhibits with detailed descriptions -- really makes you appreciate just how amazing our Earth is and how 'small/new' we humans are, geologically speaking. Favorite exhibit is all the dinosaur stuff, but...More

Thank Sean H
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Reviewed yesterday

We really enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend, it! My son loves rocks and minerals and I think we spent over an hour in that area alone. Plan to spend several hours there. We also enjoyed the rock store and thought the prices were...More

Thank tracey11474
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When it is raining in DC this is where everyone goes. Boy it was so crowded you could barely see anything. Many people were not following the glow pattern which made things worse. I bought a ham and cheese sandwich for over $11. The construction...More

Thank Fran F
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Reviewed yesterday

The best time to come to the Smithsonian museums is off season, of course. If you are only there during the high season, it is still worth going, and braving the lines to be searched to spend some time in air conditioning on a hot...More

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KM1714
21 July 2018|
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Response from oldkmom | Reviewed this property |
Honestly, probably about 10 min for the average person. None of them are very far away from each other Also, if you want to go to the African American Museum, they release “tickets” every morning and they go quickly!! Same... More
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7 June 2018|
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Response from alocalSummervilleSC | Reviewed this property |
Backpacks are inspected, so keep the contents simple. No food or drinks allowed except water. Eat before you go, because the food courts are very, very expensive. Big lines form because of the delays in the inspecting, so... More
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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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