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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
National Mall
+1 202-633-1000
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All reviews hope diamond butterfly exhibit gems and minerals human evolution t rex stuffed animals dinosaur bones ocean hall all ages great exhibits great for kids on display my favorite take your time national mall mammals mummies
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I certainly enjoyed the Smithsonian, I can go back time and time again and never fully get to see everything I will be going back again.It is full of history and I think everyone should visit several times to fully enjoy and understand the nature...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

These were the goals of my visit. Loved the jewelry & gemstones. The Hope Diamond seemed lackluster compared to other pieces, in my opinion Mummies were the best

Thank jorn09
Reviewed yesterday

Wonderful museum. I was awestruck by the beauty of it all. I was gklad to see so much youth visiting.

Thank Jeannouel v
Reviewed yesterday

My 6 and 3 year old were very excited to go here and it did not disappoint. There are plenty of things they can touch and see. The food area was being renovated when we were there in August 2018 so it was just a...More

Thank akitkat118
Reviewed 2 days ago

For people who do not have the ability to visit museums, I am confident that this museum would impress them - and it's an awesome resource because it's free. However, the breadth of the museum was pretty shallow. We saw the preserved animals, the evolution...More

Thank Shannon S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This natural museum is great . There is so much to see and most of it is free . The exhibits vary from stuffed animals to gems to infections to live butterflies . It is perfect for all ages . You can move as fast...More

Thank laj2e7
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I learned so much. About man and geology. And viruses. Of course the Hope diamond!and extinct animals !

Thank Tom M
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a VERY busy museum. During the week, there are field trips, so choosing the right time is important. I would get there first thing in the morning. If it gets too full, they do turn you away.

Thank dolphinchicks
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My 16 year old daughter and I visited this museum on Friday, 10/12/18. This museum is amazing in every way possible...the architecture, the exhibits, and the employees. You must see the butterfly exhibit. Although it costs $7.50 per person to enter, its amazing to see...More

Thank CAMAC2
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

When you enter the museum, a giant elephant will greet you in the rotunda. The museum has unique collections of mammals, birds, dinosaurs, human history etc. The collection that is really a hit is the Harry Winston’s Hope Diamond. The Hope Diamond has 45.52 carats...More

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July 21, 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
June 6, 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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Response from Pedro S | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I can’t say 100% but I think I did see them. There is just so much to see......