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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  • Security to enter. You’ll need half day or more to view everything. Kids loved it. Something for everyone.  more »
  • My kids love all natural history museums, and this one is very good. Get there when it opens to have the best brows and the least wait in the heat.  more »
  • The exhibits are interesting and well done. Beware that some of the exhibition halls can get very crowded. There are two entrances; the one facing the Mall looks like it is closed, but it is not, and ...  more »
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  • This was my third time to the Natural History Museum in DC and this time I had my 11 year old son with me (his first time there). This was, hands down, his favorite museum on the National Mall. I really enjoyed it a lot as well. Affectionately called the "stones and bones" museum. This museum has an amazing collection of objects from everywhere on Earth. Our personal favorite was the gems and rocks collection. There is an amazing collection of crystals and meteorites. The cafeteria is closed right now for renovation which was a bit of a pain, but they do have a snack bar open that sells chips, drinks, and fruit. Love this museum, a definite must stop on the national mall.
  • This is the best place I have ever been in Washington DC last year in summer break! They have sections such as minerals,marine animals,prehistoric animals, earth geography and etc. The best part is that you don't even need to spent a cent on entry! They also have a food court with different types of international cuisines. Although you do need to spend money on it but the food is exceptionally good! My favorite part of the museum was the mineral section as it has different varieties of colorful minerals in all sort of shapes and sizes. In the museum, there are also TV screens that are playing videos related to the section you are at. My most memorable object in the museum was the Hope diamond, as it was very marvelous, but I think that the diamond was kind of overrated since there are multiple exhibits that are more interesting than that one diamond. Still it was very fun too see the different exhibits in the museum, and I had the most fun in my life. I highly recommend to go here if you are in DC since this kind of museum is one of a kind.
  • The taxidermy specimens here are stellar. The elephant in the rotunda is enormous, the museum looks amazing, and is a wonderful part of Washington DC. I have been here twice, and it is one of the best museums I have ever been to. Although I think the dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History in New York are better, and some of their taxidermy looks amazing, almost every single specimen here with the exception of a spectral bat holding a mouse in its mouth is amazing. I also saw the Insect Zoo, which is a lot cooler than it sounds, and the dinosaur fossils on display are huge. It may not be as big as some natural history museums, but it is a great place to stop if you are walking around the National Mall.
  • A must-see museum where not only can appreciate the wildlife of the world but the origins of humanity and extraordinary gemstones that houses our planet. Also the vestiges of ancient cultures, prehistoric animals, insects even meteorites that fell in different places. In short, a must. You need atleast 4-5 hrs to easily browse through the national history museum and does have some really interesting history of animals, humans and ocean! The Hope Diamond is one of the most famous jewels in the world, with ownership records dating back almost four centuries. Its much-admired rare blue color is due to trace amounts of boron atoms. Weighing 45.52 carats, its exceptional size has revealed new findings about the formation of gemstones.
  • It's a really good place to find out everything you can about our history all in one spot!!!! The Smithsonian institution is a wonderful time for everyone in the family!!! It's a fun and learning experience and the animals alone will blow your mind. Above ground and under the sea as well!!! The history it's a must, especially if you have children. It's the best class room in the world. 😊
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