This is a great place to see space travel and flight and war history. You need several hours to take it in. We just stopped in and were amazed. We will be back.
We took our young children to D.C. for Veteran's Day and then to the Smithsonian the following day. There is SO much to take in a day may not be enough. We loved it, the children loved it will definitely go back again and again until we can see it all.
Our family spent most of the day at this premium museum in April 2012, during spring break. My 9 year old daughter liked the minerals and loved the butterfly pavilion. Educational and hands on, the Americans know how to do museums for kids and adults so well. Highly recommended.
Visited here as we wanted to see the Butterfly Pavilion and the Hope Diamond. We were not disappointed with either. The gems are fantastic to see with all exhibits displayed to the best advantage. We particularly wanted to visit the Butterfly Pavilion and discovered that it is free on a Tuesday (an added bonus). The tickets are timed. It was... More
I had a hard time imaging what the cambrian explosion would have been like. Thanks to the great exhibits, I have a much better understanding of early life than I did before. Best of all- its free. I spent more than 3 hours here when I only wanted to spend 1.
This is a beautiful and chock full museum but it is also possible to do a quick in and out. I hit just the gem and mineral exhibit and had a great time. Nice to have so much available for free.
Sooo much to see here - this one was typical of the science museum in our area in terms of what was featured. I liked this far better than the American History and Air and Space (although they were great too). We spent about 3 hours here (2 adults), could easily have spent more. If you have kids (or are... More
We enjoyed a fascinating exhibit about archaeological research in Jamestown, Virginia. CSI fans or anyone with a medical or historical bent will love the exhibit "Bones". The geology/gems section is beautiful. Even hunks of rock can be beautiful with amazing color and pattern and from there you progress to the polished gems and the famous Hope Diamond. There is much... More
It's about as admirable and expansive as the New York Museum of Natural History, but in a much more historic setting. Just beautiful, and filled with wonderful exhibits (real butterflies, jewels, animals, dinosaurs, art, hands-on exhibits, amazement). Any time after Thanksgiving is perfect for a quieter and more enjoyable visit.
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