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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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10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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So much to learn!

This museum felt massive, and was filled with a variety of interesting things to see and learn. The IMAX movie was about 9 dollars, and we had free admission into the museum... read more

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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134 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum felt massive, and was filled with a variety of interesting things to see and learn. The IMAX movie was about 9 dollars, and we had free admission into the museum, so it was a worthwhile few hours spent here.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I loved everything about the Smithsonian but the crowds. Guess that is to be expected but it can definitely detract from the experience. Fascinating exhibits for all interests. Well worth the time and effort.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great to find a series of Museums that are free. Holidays get very costly so i must congratulate the Smithsonian in Dc for making all of their museums free of charge. Unlike many free museums there is plenty to see and do and all ages. Highly recommended

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Tampa, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You could spend days in this place. Tremendous job and it is free. Loved it and really tried to absorb a ton of info!

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South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Always a great place to visit! Lots to see and do, and free. The hardest part is deciding what to see first.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great museum. Honestly one of the best museums I've seen and I'm a big Museum buff. It's easy to follow it is accessible for all ages and knowledge levels.

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

It's a good stop along the Mall. You will see ocean life, land, gems, the history of mankind, insects, butterflies and a few other stops. It was a fun stop.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I stopped in my for Birthday and visited the gems ( of course) and all the other standing exhibits. I noticed they were playing National Parks narrated by Robert Redford in the IMAX; AWESOME!! Must see movie. And they currently have a National Geographic Photography exhibit through Sept ...if you love wild life, you must see these photographs. They are... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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