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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  • There's so many cool things to see here. The Hope Diamond, tons of animal bones. Just lots of cool stuff to read and learn about here.  more »
  • The Smithsonian museum of natural history is wonderful. It takes quite some time to visit each attraction, however well worth it. It's also free of charge  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.

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