Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

(4.5/5 based on 8,500+ reviews on the web)
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. See Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and all Washington DC has to offer by arranging your trip with our Washington DC holiday planner.
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  • Some really excellent exhibits, we loved the gems, the human evolution exhibit, the geology & the mammals/animals.  more »
  • This museum is a great choice for the sheer volume and breadth of its displays, which assure that it offers something for everyone. The displays are thoughtfully laid out, with clear and helpful signa...  more »
  • This museum is filled with hands on exhibitions, movies, and special exhibits. The gem section is so much fun with a teenager.  more »
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  • Could never get tired of this place. Great for kids but stroller access was an issue. Really good exhibits and a maze of stuff to see and read. Very busy. Food pretty good with a reasonable price. Definitely go again and again.
  • This is one of the most impressive museums in Washington, with a large variety of displays that cover many facets of history. Unfortunately that diversity comes at a price, this is also one of the busiest museums in the National Mall. While I may be biased, my personal favorite is the Museum of Natural History in New York City, this museum is a close second. The Museum of Natural History offers a large number of exhibits that span multiple floors, giving visitors a look at sea life, evolution, animals, and so much more. This museum also offer a great kids (or kid at heart) interactive area, where they get to try out many different things. Be prepared as with all sites in Washington to wait on line and go through a security screening process to enter the museum. There‚Äôs a large gift shop and a decent food court. This is a must visit in Washington DC, but just make sure you leave enough time to account for how busy it may be.
  • My favorite of the Smithsonian museums has got to be this one. For someone who loves studying and learning about the natural world, it was a thrill to be in such a world class institution. There's so much to see and learn, from the animal kingdoms and families to human evolution and earth's minerals. The models of some animals are unique and show much more than just stationary objects. (Lions hunting, Tigers leaping) The dinosaur exhibition was disappointing because I expected alot more compared to the other things I'd seen. The massive elephant (largest in history) was also very interesting. The museum is often busy and it can be packed on some occasions. I would like a bit more guest interaction but you really can't go wrong with a museum as classic as this. Highly recommend for families and those who are interested in the natural world.
  • One of our favorites. The animal and sea life exhibits are quite impressive. The dinosaurs are under construction so that section is a bit small. The bug section is really interesting, especially when they bring out live specimens to touch.
  • This place is utterly amazing--so many interesting things to see and read! Although our legs were about fried from spending the morning at the National Mall and Holocaust Museum, we were able to battle through due to the many exhibits the captivate adults and children. Our favorite part was the living bug and insect exhibit, where you can see stick bugs, all kinds of spiders and by far the coolest--a butterfly pavilion where you walk among all kinds of butterflies and exotic plants. Yes--walk among them! Although it's $6 for adults and $5 for children and seniors, it's worth every penny. You are literally surrounded by hundreds or unique species in their own habitat. If your looking to make up some time, because you cold spend hours there, I recommend skipping out on the geology section--unless that's your thing of course. Rock, rocks and more rocks! Although it is very interesting, it becomes a little redundant IMO and children especially get boarded quick. However, you have to stop in and at least see the Hope Diamond, I mean who doesn't remember that from Titanic.