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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Address: 10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
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10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Established in 1910 and located on the National Mall, this prestigious...

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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The museum is broken up into several categories which you can peruse at your interest. The Mammals was great, lots of information and tons of interactive activities for kids. The... read more

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Tahoe City, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum is broken up into several categories which you can peruse at your interest. The Mammals was great, lots of information and tons of interactive activities for kids. The marine section is underwhelming, but enjoyed the large whale. If you are traveling with kids it would be a great stop. I would give yourself 2 hours to cruise around.

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Cleveland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I always love a natural history museum, and this one is certainly no exception. There were so many interesting exhibits. The hall of mammals starts off with animals of every kind grouped by region. The arctic animals exhibit was particularly interactive and interesting. This leads to the area about prehistoric man. There are many unique experiences in this section, including... More 

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Acworth, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Not only is this a phenomenal museum but I was surprised that it was FREE! If you only get to visit one of the Smithsonians, I would recommend this one!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Smithsonian should be at the top of everyone's list to visit when you're in DC. The Natural History Museum is one of my favorites it has a selection of beautiful things including the Fantastic Hope Diamond. The only downfall to the Museum's is there so many to get to and so little time and there's some opportunities with staff. When... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There's so much to see in this museum. Two exhibits in particular seem to interest me every time I visit this Smithsonian - the ocean and gem/mineral exhibits. Both of these exhibits haven't changed much over time, but they're still fascinating. A giant squid and hammer head shark were preserved in water and visible to see. The colorful and fascinating... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Part of our trip to D.C. Enjoyed the history and fun interactions. Also enjoyed the fact their is no charge to enter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Its a very educational yet entertaining place to be with family and kids. The place is well designed with quick services ll around. Good food and drink options too. The exhibits are very well kept.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great Natural History museum, but agree with others...not as distinctive as the other museums on the Mall. We completely enjoyed our visit and stayed far longer than expected, but we had plenty of time, and it didn't mean missing a single other museum. Would have skipped it if it meant passing up Air and Space, Am. History or the Archives.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent an enjoyable morning here, but didn't find it as distinctive as some other Smithsoniam institutions

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I look forward to seeing the new areas they are creating! The ocean area is stunning and if you have the opportunity to go during the holidays, swing by there. There really is something for everyone here. I appreciated the variety of areas and the thoughtfulness of the exhibit areas. This place really is a must see in DC!

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