Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
4.5
Natural History Museums
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10:00 - 17:30
Monday
10:00 - 17:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:30
Thursday
10:00 - 17:30
Friday
10:00 - 17:30
Saturday
10:00 - 17:30
Sunday
10:00 - 17:30
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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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Neighbourhood: National Mall
How to get there
  • Federal Triangle • 5 min walk
  • Archives • 6 min walk
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Becky V
7249320280 contributions
Nov 2022
WOW. The gems are incredible! Hope diamond! the display area has been recently renovated and is incredible. The dinosaurs are really neat too.
Written 1 February 2023
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DrJohn
Lexington, KY159 contributions
Jan 2023
I expected dinosaur bones and rocks, but this museum delivered far more than I expected. It is a place we will visit again and again, as there is so much to see and experience. The crystals and gem collections were impressive and beautifully presented. Although the butterfly exhibit was closed, there was more than enough to see in an afternoon. Highly recommended.
Written 31 January 2023
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ctimms125
Austin, TX67 contributions
Nov 2022
I am always overwhelmed seeing things that we don't see on a daily basis or at things that we do see and take for granted. This museum is a must-see.
Written 29 January 2023
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Deana H
24 contributions
Jan 2023
Honestly thought we'd be seeing tons of dinosaur things or stuff that didn't really interest us. We almost didn't go, but the rocks, gems and minerals were AMAZING. The mummies were creepy but cool. The mammals specifically of the animals were very cool. It was great. We went on a Sunday though so many many children around.
Written 23 January 2023
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Kmusikgal
13 contributions
Jan 2023
Met our expectations and then some. The Hope Diamond, the fossil and oceans exhibits was impressive.
Written 19 January 2023
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dgnyc113
New York City, NY10 contributions
Jan 2023
Awesome Museum with amazing exhibits. Great place for all ages while you walk around and check things out. Gift Shop has some cool/unique things to remember your visit. Even with huge crowds it didn't feel cramped.
Written 17 January 2023
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ketkout D
Mascara, Algeria2 contributions
Feb 2022
The Smithsonian Museum is the largest and most interesting Museum in the world. In fact, it is a group of museums, the most important of which, in my opinion as an agronomist, is the botanical museum and that of the history of natural sciences. You can also see the aviation and space museum, the Indian museum. The best thing about all of this is that admission to these museums is totally free.
Written 13 January 2023
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rmpangui
Santiago, Chile146 contributions
Jan 2023
I only had 90 minutes for y visit and the layout and explainations allowed me to pick and see what was of my inerest. A wide variety of items and exhibits offer everyone the chance to see and learn about the topic of their choice.
Written 12 January 2023
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Mark
Macquarie Park, Australia44 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
Outstanding exhibitions. I could have spent hours more there. It was clean and bright and full of information laid out in easy to follow manner. Well worth a visit or two.
Written 8 January 2023
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Often_on_road
New Jersey419 contributions
Dec 2022
A fabulous museum. Make sure to visit the Gems (see the Hope Diamond and other exquisite jewelry) as well as the amazing mineral collection.
Written 6 January 2023
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