Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

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Natural History Museum Museum
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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  • My family was not to enthralled with the exhibits in the museum, and the security booth gave was quite rude when dealing with my kids because my husbands surgery's set off the metal detector.  more »
  • We have been to D.C. with our kids 3 times and each time, we come to this museum. There are exhibits on mammals, dinasours, fossils, the ocean, geology, and so many other things. We usually spend abou...  more »
  • I love this museum! This was my favorite museum in DC. and a great museum to take children. If you go, you must check out a few exhibits. As you walk in you see the giant elephant. If you continue to ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Really nice museum if you like natural history. A solid insect exhibit. Some mummies. The famed Hope Diamond. Butterflies, if you want to pay to feed them. I think older children with an interest in this stuff will enjoy it most. I found the National Gallery of Art far more interesting.
  • I would love to rate our wonderful museum five stars but it's hard to do that. I'm asking for a garbage can to throw my sons soda bottle away that I already feel terrible about even asking. I follow the rules my 9 year old had no clue and I didn't notice till it was to late. The first lady officer was polite and told me to please throw it away once I went through the metal detector. Absolutely I said and apologized. Second officer started reprimanding me .I explained our mistake and got a eye roll as a response and a threat to make me go outside to throw it away. I was in shock and she decided to wave me threw. Third officer very nice asked me to throw it away. This is all in 10 feet from the front door to the garbage can. Fourth officer super nice told us to enjoy....finally got to throw the soda bottle away.They are definitely doing there job but no need to be rude.