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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
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Reviewed yesterday

We love natural history museums, and this is one of the best. We did the butterfly pavilion and saw some beautiful butterflies - but we've been to better.

Thank Sheila T
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We knew what we were getting into, school break and many kids on school trips to Dc including the 10 girls in this group. Many things to see and something will appeal to you. I enjoyed the minerals collection along with the wonderful animal photos....More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

It would be a really fun place to visit if you have children. The display is very informative. However, as a grown up, I find most of the information is on the Internet nowadays. I was surprised how many people were lining up outside the...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Maybe better if your kids are more than 10 years old. Good expositions, nice set up. Not the magic you expect from movies, but it's a must in DC. Lot of technical stuff you would love being a grown up

Thank Jortar
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I enjoyed the exhibits in this iconic museum. It's fun to walk around and learn a few things. I particularly enjoyed the gems and mineral exhibit. The Hope Diamond was my favorite thing to see. Plenty of bathrooms and great gift shops.....

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Reviewed 3 days ago

First time going to any kind of museum, and it was an okay experience. There was a lot to see and a lot of things that I learned, but I feel like I was really expecting more. We arrived there on Friday afternoon, and there...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went on a Thursday afternoon and it was packed with people. The exhibits were interesting but somehow maybe I expected something more amazing from the Smithsonian.

Thank Kim M
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We have been to the Chicago Natural History Museum and this was a great museum but just was geared toward a younger person. We didn't spend a lot of time here. There's so much to see in DC, so we chose to move on to...More

Thank Dana S
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Head a lot about the Museum and expected a lot more. Feel like it is more for kids. Only highlight was the precious metals section which had some interesting exhibits. Tarantula feeding is also worth the time, especially if you have children.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great Museum for young and old. Absolutely love that I got to see the Hope Diamond & so many other exquisite jewels. From fabulous photography, huge fossils, full sized stuffed birds,bugs & much more. I like the way the museum is spread out & easy...More

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Mandypaula
20 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
27 March 2018|
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Response from Victoria P | Reviewed this property |
The museum opens at 10am. I have never lined up nor have I waited more than 1 min to enter. There is a security check and it goes quickly.
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Luis A
26 March 2018|
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Response from barymad | Reviewed this property |
yes...enjoy!
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