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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
National Mall
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Reviewed today

The displays here are awesome. Especially loved the dinosaur bones, Lucy, and the Egyptian section. The Hope Diamond is also here. Hope to come back again as there is so much to see!

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was a very educational experience. There is so much to see. We enjoyed everything we did see with the amount of time we had to spend there.

Thank J S
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Reviewed yesterday

I visit here everytime I am in DC but at least once a year. What an amazing place. The place is so huge it cannot possibly be parsed within a day - or a week. I spent most of the time with the ocean and...More

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Reviewed yesterday

My daughter, granddaughter, and I were up in DC visiting as many museums as we could in one day. We found this one to be very nice full of history. we loved the giant elephant and the dinosaur bones. I loved the art made out...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Wow! The Hope Diamond, tarantula feeding, geological exhibits, dinosaurs, human origins,...…...something for everyone. It's worth going more than once!

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Reviewed yesterday

This was a nice place to visit. There was a lot to see and do, so give yourself plenty of time. We really enjoyed it!

Thank AJStravel
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our family loved this museum! Our favorite part was the gem and mineral hall. Plan to spend several hours.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

It has been decades since I have visited the SNMNH! Wow I was beyond impressed. Came with my brother, my son, his wife and our two grandchildren. The kids were immediately impressed with the HUGH elephant and further wowed by the dinosaur and fossil exhibits....More

Thank William P
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What’s your favorite part? How can you even choose? This museum is so full of fun information presented in a great way. The only bummer is that they don’t open until 10 am. This is a free museum and so it is usually pretty busy...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We started this museum on the top floor and working our way down (which I recommend). I didnt realize how big this place is. I spent more than one hour on the top floor and at some points, I just ran through some rooms just...More

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rositabella
6 June 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
26 April 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
20 April 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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