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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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Fantastic collection

A little bit of everything under one roof. Give yourself plenty of time to see it all. Highlights were the giant squid, dinosaurs (always), and the Hope Diamond.

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Halifax, Canada
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A little bit of everything under one roof. Give yourself plenty of time to see it all. Highlights were the giant squid, dinosaurs (always), and the Hope Diamond.

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iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I was only able to stay a short time, but can't wait to return. There is a wealth of knowledge here contained in a magnificent building and it's free! What's not to like?

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From the elephant at the grand entrance to the T-Rex fossil, this place is so much fun, and very interactive. Great for families or just a fun day trip.

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Marion, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Mammal room was great for all ages, the Ocean room was very educational, the Rocks and minerals exhibit along with the HOPE DIAMOND was amazing. We spent most of our time downstairs. We came to visit on President's Day, crowds were not that bad, and we did not have to wait long at all to get in. (5-10 min right... More 

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The exhibits are mostly good, though some need a refresh. Also, see the National Parks IMAX movie if possible while you are there. A good place for families to enjoy.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A stellar collection for all to enjoy. Despite the weekend crowds, this museum is a great way to spend a few hours.

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Province of Alicante, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We felt that a visit to the National Museum was a must. When we got in there, it didn't take us long to walk through. It is a good location to take the kids. There is a lot of interactive things and good learning opportunities.

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Indian Shores, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I wasn't sure where to start first but I was very happy that I started at this museum first I was there for hours. Had a great lunch in the cafeteria a little expensive but the food was good and there was enough I could have split it with my husband if he had got to come that day. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What here with family including my two nieces my husband my kids my sister kids especially liked the rock section and minerals the dinosaurs were kind of cool overall enjoyed our day here the car

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Dewey, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is so much to see here. We spent over a day here. If you get there at 9:30am in the morning there will be a line a block long to get in.

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