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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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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Reviews
The museum was extremely crowded with school groups when we went. It’s not the fault of the museum but beware that you may have to fight with loud teenage kids with little supervision to see anything.... more »
As a biologist, this is always my favorite museum to go to. My only criticism is that the dinosaur exhibit is relatively small. I had come as a ten year-old and I remember a huge, impressive display a... more »
A place everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. The displays are impeccable and appeal to young and old alike. Admission is free and the staff are wonderful. There is also a butterfly garden in the insect room that is 100% worth the price of admission. You could easily spend an entire day exploring this museum.
On days that outside is too cold for the zoo, this is a great alternative. Kids love the animal displays, and in the bones exhibit you can play a game making them guess which animal skeleton they are looking at. The dinosaur exhibit isn't huge (I'm pretty sure it moved into a smaller space from 10 years ago) but it has enough hands on stuff to keep dinosaur-loving kids interested. If you're hitting the museum for the Hope Diamond and the gemstone gallery, just be aware that it is going to be crowded. You can easily pop in to see the diamond (larger room with a rotating pedestal display with gallery exits) but the rest of gemstones are in a crowded smaller room that has poor traffic flow.
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