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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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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...more
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10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560
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Reviewed yesterday

This was a great place. We visited 3 times in the week we were in DC. The Hope Diamond was amazing to see... my kids loved the bones exhibit. The insect area was great as well as the ocean area. This is a great place...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is another attraction that is offered for free, you only need to pay for parking. This however can be quite a challenge to find though as it is only street parking that we could see. Be prepared for street venders to approach you if...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Mother started taking us to this museum when I was 6 years old. Never remember being bored or inattentive. Have always loved this museum since I was a child growing up in D.C. Always looked forward to the adventure Mom would present each time we...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank scottssauce
Reviewed 2 days ago

Although I live in the UK at present, I grew up in Northern Virginia, and used to visit the Natural History museum at least once a year. My kids love it too because of the dinosaurs, the sealife creatures and the IMAX theater. When we...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Meredith A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We spent time in exhibits on the oceans, early humans, and rocks/gems. It was a cold day so not crowded. This is a national treasure we can visit for free. Take advantage!

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I never tire of of visiting any of these museums! I’ve been going since I was a kid in the 60s. Always a day full of delights and surprises.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank danjax
Reviewed 3 days ago

We have weekend trip to Washington DC. We visited few places. One of them was National Museum of Natural History. it was interesting. My kids love it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RainQ3
Reviewed 3 days ago

All of the Smithsonians are awesome. This one has a giant squid and the Hope Diamond. Definitely recommend the gems and minerals exhibit, it starts of boring but ends with a sparkle.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JMDHein
Reviewed 3 days ago

Something for everyone. The Gems Gallery is a favorite and includes the Hope Diamond along with examples of hundreds of beautiful and interesting stones, polished and unpolished. Other galleries explore cultures, animals and the earth itself. Pleasant environment that can accommodate a lot of people...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Joe M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went with my kids and had a great time. Easy to navigate and the exhibitions world class. It’s free so don’t miss it

Date of experience: February 2019
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14 February 2019|
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Response from bhessie | Reviewed this property |
I suppose it depends on luck. We did not have long lines at all when we went in late August. I’m pretty sure most of the buildings close at 5.
14 February 2019|
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Response from MelbourneMitch | Reviewed this property |
Every day is different as a function of holidays and weather. But lines are usually short
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Response from oldkmom | Reviewed this property |
Honestly, probably about 10 min for the average person. None of them are very far away from each other Also, if you want to go to the African American Museum, they release “tickets” every morning and they go quickly!! Same... More