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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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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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+1 202-633-1000
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Reviewed today via mobile

Had an enjoyable visit to this museum. It has all the right ingredients to be one of the best natural history museums in the world. However, it did feel a little underinvested in. A lot of the Audio Visual exhibits are quite dated, reference to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank smileymark
Reviewed today via mobile

This is a must see while visiting DC. Loaded with rich interesting history of our wonderful country. The guides are friendly, well informed and great presenters. Make sure to see the display of the American flag. Enjoy!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was pouring raining on a Saturday afternoon and there were two long lines all the way out the building. Everyone in line is standing with their kids in the miserable wet whether so there must be a good reason for the wait, right? Nope,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great museum loads to see and do, can take a little while to get in due to security checks. I’d highly suggest spending the little bit of extra money to go into the butterfly tunnel.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It’s not too big so you can get round quickly because there are lots of other museums in Smithsonian. Great exhibits.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jennyq7
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I could have stayed here for days! The photography exhibit with the National Geographic winners was amazing! I aspire to be at that level of photography one day

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Fantastic free museum. My son and I spent an entire day going through this museum and it has something for everyone. Great for people of all ages.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our granddaughter, age 8 could live here. She loves this museum. She is interested in everything that it has to offer. She never wants to leave. She also loves the rocks and minerals as well as the mummies, skeletons, and artifacts Gene P Cosplay, PA

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 11genep
Reviewed 4 days ago

this is one of my favorites as it has everything from the say of the "cave man" to the seas and land animals always a great visit

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We spent a half day here and had to rush through a bunch of exhibits to hit the road. We could have easily spent the whole day here. Great for kids of all ages.

Date of experience: December 2018
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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
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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Sorry I can’t say 100% but I think I did see them. There is just so much to see......