Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

4.6
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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  • Another life dream to visit, it was packed full of intriguing and wonderful exhibits presented in an inviting way to explore the past. Great variety of exhibits and the dinosaur display is no exception! I enjoyed to area to watch as workers worked to uncover artifacts and fossils in real time in their lab. Very interesting if you love that kind of stuff. Its a lot to see and take in, very worthy of multiple visits to thoroughly see everything, which is great. Id suggest going during weekdays because the line to get in is very long usually, but well worth it as the price of admission if free. Extremely satisfied with the experience and hope to return.
  • Great museum, tons to see, lots to learn. You could easily spend the entire day in here if you're even remotely thorough with interacting with all the exhibits. You probably can't fully consume everything here in a single day. The only downfall is that the space is tight and there is typically a ton of people, so it's crowded to say the least. I have never been mid-week during a school day, so maybe I'm missing the 'slow' times. But, if you don't mind people getting all up in your space or losing a direct line of sight to your kids every now and again, you probably won't even notice. Either way, prepare to be inundated with information, in a good way. My kids spent what I considered an inordinate amount of time in the gems and minerals section, but to each his/her own. It beats the hell out of them spending that same amount of time in their phones.
  • As a person who has trouble appreciating museums/history, I generally only enjoy children's museums. This museum is unique in that it appeals to both children and adults alike! There's so many fascinating exhibits that spark curiosity and make you want to learn more, and the building itself is a testament of the millions of people who have walked up and down those stairs before you! It's an incredible experience and there's always more to see! Certainly one of the best museums I've ever been to.
  • After you go through the hassle of badly organized security, you are greeted with an amazing museum. Thorough viewing would probably take the whole day so similarly to other museums you have to skip some reading in order to make up some time for other expositions. Everything is covered - rocks, human history, animals of all sorts, including dinosaurs, bugs, birds, etc. Particularly interesting was a see-through bee hive built into a wall with a tube for bees to go through. I spent over 2.5 hours there but I wish they closed later because I could be there for 4+ hours easily. Loved it!
  • Such a beautiful place to visit for the whole family. If you are interested in a specific exhibit you may need a ticket & they run out really quick. The butterfly exhibit was wonderful, got the free tickets at 10a.m. which were almost gone for the day. You should download the apps before going as the apps interact with certain exhibits. Very large place you can spend all day in. There are multiple gift shops, one on every level, that are filled with different merchandise. Prices very greatly at the shops.
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