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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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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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A Must Stop For the Family

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 2 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 3 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Give yourself a few hours to see all of the exhibitions, as there is so much detail within each room. It's popular with school groups and was teeming with kids when I was there. Lots of walking required but worth it. The nature photos were the highlight for me... they were spectacular.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Good exhibits! Definitely worth a trip. Not the largest museum, which means it can get packed (especially on the weekends), but still a great visit for us.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There was a bit of a wait to gain entrance. But, there is no entrance fee and you can stay as long as you'd like. There are many exhibits that will meet a variety of interests. There are also many options to purchase souvenirs throughout the museum. Highly recommended!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A must see for Americans of all ages. Imagine seeing Dorothy's emerald slippers just a few feet away from the complete Greensboro, N.C., Woolworth counter where the first black sit-in for equal rights took place.Walk through America's wars, from the Revolution to Dessert Storm and be educated and amused by the terrific American Food and Eating exhibition. There's truly something... More 

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