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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
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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
Thank garybazil
Reviewed 2 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
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Reviewed 2 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
Thank dmp552016
Reviewed 2 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
Thank Andrea M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Awesome place. It took is 2 days to go through it. The ground floor will not take very long, but the 1st and 2nd floors will take a quite a long time to look at everything. A must see when in DC.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SusanMcGrew
Reviewed 2 days ago

this building houses many exhibits from fossils to stuffed animals . and sea creatures not to mention the hope diamond. easy to spend a day in this one building. so much to see

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank retirednold
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Was hoping to explore the big dinosaur hall, but unfortunately it is being renovated. A few of the pieces such as the tyrannosaurus skull were dotted around the museum so you didn’t miss out completely! Overall very comprehensive and interesting range and the school groups...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Travelnikk
Reviewed 3 days ago

I just visited the Naturak History museum for the first time in several years. A number of exhibits have been revamped, I especially liked the Oceans section, and I thought the room where the presentation is projected onto a globe was great. It gives a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JiRobi
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place for people of all ages and educational background. Too much to see and comprehend and enjoy in one short visit.. For all ages with hands on for young children.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MelbourneMitch
Reviewed 3 days ago

Ideal to visit with children and teenagers, but also alone. Mammals are the favorites but mommies are curious to observe.

Date of experience: November 2018
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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
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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......