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National Museum of Natural History, Washington, District of Columbia

10th St & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia

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  • Visited: 2014-02-26
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  • Visited: 2011-05-01
  • Submitted: 2013-12-26 14:34:04.0
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Lots of Exhibits to See for Free (+ IMAX Movies)

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The National Museum of Natural History is a stone’s throw from the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of the American Indian, so it’s easy to make a day of two or three of these museums. Plus, don’t forget to take a ride on the Smithsonian Carousel.

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  • Visited: 2013-08-01
  • Submitted: 2013-08-14 03:08:55.0
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Amazingly Beautiful Museum

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Visit early to avoid the crowds. If you're traveling with toddlers, pick one or two main things that you want to see with them, find them on the map in advance, go see them, and then leave. The museum is free, so you're not losing any money if you make one or more short, targeted trips, and this reduces the likelihood of the meltdown that can occur if you try to take on too much museum in one shot.

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  • Visited: 2013-05-01
  • Submitted: 2013-05-28 11:01:44.0
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Great indoor fun

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Pack a lunch, their cafe is too expensive. We paid over $30 for 3 chicken tender meals and one drink.

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Submitted by: Brook H.

My favorite museum out of the entire Smithsonian, I could spend the entire day here! Like most of the museums in DC this place always seems to have something new while still holding onto classic exhibits. There's something for every natural science in this building: Paleontology (My favorite!)? Their exhibit isn't just dinosaurs. They start with the first single-celled lifeforms, move to the first invertebrates and fish of the oceans, continue through the earliest animals on and and then finally into dinosaurs. Want more? They then move on past that into the age of mammals and into the first appearances of humans. Zoology? You have the revamped Mammals Hall with all sorts of displays and interactive treats. ...

Submitted by: Alejandra A.

Being the nerd that I am at heart, on my 9 day visit to DC I visited as many museums as I could. I just cannot pick one over the other because they all had just amazing things. However, this one will always hold a special place in my heart...Here is why: **Service: all the staff was simply darling. Very helpful and informative. **Galleries: big life size, full of interactive and informative things. **Shops: always overpriced but a lot of fun to buy gifts for kids. *****The highlight of my visit: The Chilean Miner Gallery- although small, very powerful since I watched closely how they got rescued. I also got to sit in a lecture with the Minister of Mines and 2 of the rescued miners, along with very important ...

Submitted by: Christine A.

Amazing experience! I lived in the DC area for 4+ years, and I can't believe I've only visited this museum once (when I left the area). All the exhibits were unbelievably intriguing. Here are my TOP 5 picks! 1. The Insect Zoo! I only put this at #1 because I'm an environmental scientist, and entomology is one of my favorites! I think this exhibit is very friendly to kids and adults alike! 2. WRITTEN IN BONE (Forensic files of the 17th Century Chesapeake - Forensic Anthropology): simply mesmerizing! At the end of the exhibit, there is a skeleton of a massive Irish wolfhound and his owner, one of the Smithsonian's anthropologists who donated his remains to science. Very inspiring! 3. THE HOPE DIAMOND set in a ...

Submitted by: Brad T.

Very large museum, lots of exhibits.  My family and I spent four hours there and still didn't see everything...

Submitted by: Jando S.

Washington DC is a museum haven, a place where museum hopping is as easy as a bar crawl in the East Village in Manhattan.  But for all of the niche and themed museums in the nation's capital, I somehow find this one the most interesting.  It may not be as robust as the NY version, but it will always get 5 stars for being free and informative, just as all great museums should be. It's the ultimate family destination, one that doesn't keep the kids bored because there is so much to see.  Any natural history museum will contain themes upon themes of random exhibits, a "choose your own adventure" if you will. From animals, to marine life (shout out to the giant squid!), evolution and the creation of man, space, ...

Submitted by: Sarah F.

This museum is awesome. Has crowds during the season, so lot...

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