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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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  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
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Reviewed March 30, 2017

This is our favorite museum. From the gems (hope diamond) to the Dinosaurs, to the stuffed animals to the butterflies to... there is truly something for everyone. Probably why the lines are insanely loooooong! My advice: Go early and plan to spend the whole day...More

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Reviewed March 29, 2017

Went with my teen, tween and husband. We all found things to enjoy. Hope diamond, mummies, dinosaurs and more. My younger son watched people cleaning fossils and was fascinated. Better museum for science lovers than air and space.

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Reviewed March 29, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I took my 11 year old grandson check for an educational trip on Spring break. No words can describe this place. Even though admission is free, if you grab a bite of lunch there, you could destroy a 100 dollar bill.

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Reviewed March 29, 2017 via mobile

A fantastic place to visit for free! Need I say more?!? Several areas of interest depending on who you are with. We paid extra for the 3DIMAX movie about dinosaurs. Our seven year old enjoyed it. Visited the insects and was able to hold a...More

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Reviewed March 29, 2017

If you love gemstones and minerals, this is the place to go. Wow - what an exhibit showing fascinating rocks of all kinds. There are meteorites, unusual and fantastic rocks and gems, and exquisite jewelry.

Thank Justin A
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Reviewed March 29, 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful museum, our boys aged 9 and 12 loved it. We didn't have time to visit it all but would go back in a heartbeat. The mammals and ocean sections were marvellous.

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Reviewed March 29, 2017

I've been here many times but never with my children. We purposely planned our vacation for a weekday in March because we figured it wouldn't be too busy - and we were right. We got there at 9:30am on a Monday and waited outside until...More

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Reviewed March 28, 2017

So many wonderful things to see and do here. The mummies were a hit, as was the wooly mammoth, the Hope Diamond, the butterflies, dinosaurs and so much more. We can't wait to come back and explore some more!! We always love visiting museum gift...More

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Reviewed March 28, 2017

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is world class. I have a special interest in paleoanthropology and The Human Origins Program is simply outstanding. I often refer to its website when reading about the subject.

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Reviewed March 28, 2017 via mobile

Only had a few hours to spend there. Probably need at least two days or more to see it all. Fantastic.

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rositabella
June 6, 2018|
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Response from majdad04 | Reviewed this property |
JS was correct. Just have all the pouches unzipped so they can look through them. We went in and had no problem.
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Doris C
April 25, 2018|
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Response from hisons | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see them either, but may have missed them. You may be able to email the curator at the museum to ask. They're re-doing the whole dinosaur exhibit, so there was a limited amount displayed.
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Mandypaula
April 20, 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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