Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

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Discover the many wonders of the natural world at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the most-visited museum in North America. View the vast collection of more than 126 million plants, animals, minerals, and human cultural artifacts, which are spread throughout dozens of interactive and themed exhibits. Learn more about our beginnings in the Hall of Human Origins. Get up close to a life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton at the Hall of Dinosaurs, where you can interact with your favorite prehistoric creatures in the simulated Walking with Dinosaurs experience. See the most famous diamond in the world, the Hope Diamond, in the Hall of Minerals. Admission is free year-round. Using our international travel planner, Washington DC attractions like Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Thought this would have been bigger. Went primarily for the dinosaurs to take photos for my little boy but not much on display. Went solo and it was ok - done in 1hr. Probably would have enjoyed more ...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    This is a huge museum with a lot to see! We were visiting from Texas and have seen some similar dinosaur and gem exhibits back home. The hall of mammals and skeletons were very cool. The bug and mummi...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Overwhelming and over-crowded, but it's got everything, in several buildings, floors, etc. Don't eat there. So much to see, so many kids, it's a macrocosm so enveloping that you miss the whale (whale!...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Very well organized and put together. Loved seeing the Hope Diamond and it's history in connection with Louis XIV of France. Don't get discouraged by long lines to enter you get in pretty quickly. Awesome place to visit for free. I'm sure it has something of interest for everyone.
  • May 20, 2017
    Very well laid out exhibits covering a broad spectrum of prehistoric and modern life on our home planet, Earth. Particularly enjoyed the exhibits showing human evolution. Great place to visit and learn about how much diversity our planet has and how we humans came to be in the first place. Children, as curious as they are, will enjoy it even more. Check the museum's website before visiting to get all the required information to make your trip a memorable experience.
  • April 1, 2017
    Amazing Mineral Exhibits!!! Almost left the museum after briefly seeing the butterflies exhibits and glancing around. Thought the museum was not my thing. Then very fortunately, I walked into the geology, gems, and minerals section. It is amazing! The gems are stunning. I was even more impressed by the raw crystals on display. Simply breathtaking. I was like a kid in a candy store. The meteorites are awe-inspiring too. So happy I stayed. I spent 90 minutes in this section. Left and went somewhere else, and I returned. That's how much I enjoyed it.
  • June 26, 2017
    So much cool stuff. In fact, too much for the museum's own good. This place was absolutely filled with people. Mostly parents and young children. I enjoyed the exhibits and was impressed with the quality of the taxidermies. However I had to leave before seeing everything because it was just far too crowded.
  • May 22, 2017
    Located on the National Mall and near the Washington Monument - The Museum of Narural History is a great getaway. Walk the multiple story building filled with many exhibits - from dinosaurs to mummies to precious stones. There is something there for everyone. Free admission makes it a busy bustling area during peak hours, but wait times are not long. Grab a bite to eat outside or inside and enjoy a day looking at T-Rex!

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