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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 2 December 2013

One of the main stops on our trip, we loved visiting the museum. Such a great way to compare life size to the pictures and diagrams we grew up learning about. We went through each exhibit although the Saturday mid-morning crowd made some difficult to navigate.

Thank Stephanie R
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

From incredible dinosaurs to staggering gems, the museum is definitely a great place to stop for a few hours.

If you have children, this may be their favorite with massive shark jaws, a giant squid and more.

Not to mention, free is a good price...Smithsonians being free makes DC a great place to be a tourist.

1  Thank TravellingTexans14
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

This is the best museum I have ever been. I'm not a big fan of traveling museum. It's kind of boring thing for me. But everything are well-organized here! I feel excited all 90 minutes I visited here. This is super cool and a MUST see in DC.

Thank Monchai K
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

We always go to Air & Space Museum every time we go to DC with my kids who are now 13 & 12 since they were 6 & 5. We all still love it and we are never bored. They change up some things but even if it was the same exhibit, we never tire looking, browsing, touching, and exploring the place.

This is a place that you would not want to miss. You can watch IMAX movies. We've watched them all and they are worth it considering the whole museum is free. You can spend all day in that museum if you want to. We really love it.

This is our favorite museum as they change up their exhibits all the time and will keep you very entertained and occupied. You definitely would not want to miss seeing it.

1  Thank Destiny U
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

I think this is one of the best museums in DC. Quick tour: Sant Hall tells you everything about the oceans and the creatures who live there. Dinosaur and gems and mineral exhibits the best I've seen anywhere. Don't miss the section with skeletons from all animal families, from insects to giraffes. If the exhibit Written in Bone is still there, have a look; it's an absolutely fascinating description of life in the colonies and the use of forensic science. Kids love the insect area. If you are interested in evolution you can can find out all about it as well as morphing yourself into a Neanderthal. The special exhibits are always fascinating and well done. The cafeteria is top notch. You can get burgers but the variety of healthy options is amazing. Everything is compostable or recyclable, even the silverware.

Thank Marianneza
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