Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

Categories: Natural History Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 7,500+ 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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  • It'snot possible to see everything in this museum in just one visit. if only we had more time. What we did see was well displayed with a great amount of detail. So many areas of interest. Congratulati...  read more »
  • Really enjoyed this Museum - very well done, super interesting, lots and lots of variety. Something for for everyone. Plenty of museum staff available for any questions. The only fault I could find wo...  read more »
  • We only visited briefly due to time constraints. The gem exhibition area is a must-see with superb examples of all that earth offers in that regard. 
  • 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.
  • Disappointing! Long waited to go and the exhibits were not so good. Very little was real objects. To much walking, to much reading, not enough learning of events or time lines. Facts were disorganized and nothing held interest. A museum should be a visual learning experience in itself. Spiritually captivating, a thrill to revisit. No so at Smithsonian.
  • 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.
  • This is the best natural history museum in America and Europe. Expect to enjoy a whole day of interesting exhibits. Good food court, somehow expensive, but consider it a partial fair contribution to a great museum that has free admission.
  • I literally spent 4 hours walking around this museum. It was one of the most gratifying days I had that year. It has a great mix of exhibits,from dinosaurs, birds, mammals and fish, gems, and on and on. Great museum to visit. Make sure you have your walking shoes and a good camera
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