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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
Phone Number: +1 202-633-1000
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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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Was in town for business and had some time to explore DC. Picked this museum and the Air and Space museum. Loved their photo exhibit where they had the National Geographic... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Was in town for business and had some time to explore DC. Picked this museum and the Air and Space museum. Loved their photo exhibit where they had the National Geographic animal photos on display. They were stunning. Definitely a great place for kids. The next time I'm able to bring my family to DC, I'm taking the kids here.

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

There is a lot to see and a lot of walking but it is worth it. Just pick your interests and attack that area until you get tired

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While it is a wonderful place, which I did enjoy. The building is quite grand and beautiful architecture. I couldn't help but compare it to my local Natural History Museum in Los Angeles county. I guess I was just expecting more, to be amazed by their collections and exhibits, which was not the case. They do have a large collection... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you only see one sight, this one is it. There is something for everyone. Whether it be Presidential History, Movies or first lady dresses, there is much to see here. Easy museum to get around too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The name says it all, this Iconic Museum has it all including our history. The family will love it! Take and plan for at least a day to visit here and take all the exhibits in.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

With over a million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts, I could hear my 6th grade teacher in my head the entire time I was visiting. Each time I read one of the plaques or looked at one of the exhibits or watched a movie, I realized how much time scientists, and... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Seeing museums in D.C. free almost feels like stealing. The National Museum of Natural History has so much to offer. I don't think we covered all of it and we were there for most of the day. The exhibits are well done and informative. Some are interactive for children. It's a great place to take family or just to wander... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a fantastic museum with so much to see...it's almost overwhelming but we loved the gems and minerals and the birds of DC. A must see for families travelling here...

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an interactive museum that's free of charge and wide spread interests that will engage everyone!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you love animals, rocks and history....got to see. It's awesome. Don't miss the Hope Diamond and the rock/mineral room. Pretty cool. Awesome to touch a piece of Mars as well. You can spend all day here or just an hour.

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