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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Neighbourhood: National Mall
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Address: 10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
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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 very nice! The kids loved it. There were a lot of people visiting and observing making it complicated to maneuver with a stroller. I would leave the stroller behind... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2016
DT J
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

The museum is very nice! The kids loved it. There were a lot of people visiting and observing making it complicated to maneuver with a stroller. I would leave the stroller behind if you're thinking of bringing one during peak hours. The exhibits were all really nice and interesting to my 7 year old. Overall worth a visit for inquiring... More 

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Reviewed 1 June 2016

Very informative. Displays are neatly organized and Museum as a whole was easy to navigate. Staff was attentive and friendly.

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La Center, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016

This was a great museum to go to, but I have recently been to the Houston Museum of Natural History with our family and this one was just not as good. It was still a great museum though and worth it, especially since it's free! I really thought they did a good job with the Hall of Human Origins. It... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Exciting place for young teens. Wanted to buy the Hope Diamond for their mothers! I Max dinosaur movie a must! So much to see that 2 days are really necessary.

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Sunbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 June 2016

We queued for a long time to get in and when we did it was fine but nothing out of the ordinary. The museums in London and New York are just as good if not better. One major thing that annoyed me was that a whole row of cases holding gemstones in the Geology Exhibit were unlit so you were... More 

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Reviewed 1 June 2016

One of the best Natural History Museums of the world and the personal favourite of all the museums under Smithsonian. This one may not be as big as the one in New York or has as much historical importance of the one in London, but in my opinion has the best educational displays. I highly recommend the displays (both static... More 

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Reviewed 1 June 2016

They have a very nice collections of exhibits. The highlight of the exhibit for us was the dinosaur and aquatic rooms. The place is packed during summer. Entrance is free.

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Thank Jun D
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Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

We are on vacation and the Smithsonian was a bucket list item. It was wonderful but I did expect more one of a kind exhibits. It's larger than museums closer to our home but on par with them instead of superior. Great for families. Amazingly beautiful building. You could easily spend most of the day there and they have a... More 

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Reviewed 1 June 2016

Almost anything you can think of in the natural world is represented here! Exhibits are very interesting and informative!

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San Jose, California
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Reviewed 31 May 2016

With all the museums in the area, the Smithsonian is one of the top places to go. I would definitely go again.

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