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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Established in 1910 and located on the National Mall, this prestigious museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, holds the world's most extensive collection of natural history specimens and human artifacts including the remains of dinosaurs and tools used by early man.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 2 April 2018

If you have a kid who loves dinos, must see place. Now it has 'lost dinosaurs in America' exhibition. You can see T-rex fossils, scientists working on fossils, and many more. And its free! Its like going to Paris and visiting Loubre. If you visit DC, you have to visit here.

Thank kiinchong
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

We visited Washington, DC, during Blossom Kite Festival 2018. All the attractions were crowded; however, the entry line here moved quickly . . . even with ignoramuses cutting into the line. Once inside, we immediately made our way to the restrooms. I was able to relieve myself without wait. I know this is an odd inclusion for a museum review, but finding a restroom without a line in Washington, DC, during Blossom Kite Festival, is noteworthy. Next, we attempted to find a place to eat without an hour wait. Again, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History filled the need.

With the two most important factors met, we explored the exhibits. The highlights were the mummies, the baubles, and the butterflies. There were so many mummified relics, it became a little hysterical. I imagined the wildlife in ancient Egypt hiding while these half-crazed Egyptians stalked them with mummification equipment in hand.

If you've been to New York's Natural History museum, you'll probably find this museum anti-climatic. The museum is free and conveniently located in the National Mall area.

Thank girlygirl243
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We went on a Wednesday in late March. There were so many people and groups of children and teenagers you couldn't even walk, much less enjoy (or even see) the exhibits. I'm sure it's great other times of year but I would not attempt another visit during spring break.

Thank Melanie O
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

We made our way to the museum late in the day with 90 minutes to spare. No line and definitely a must see. Family with teens, we were all mesmerized in the Hall of Human Origins spending most of our time here and in the Hall of Mammals.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

This museum is a must see, even if you only walk through to get a feel for it. Animals, Humans, Minerals and Gems, Live Butterflies, Dinosaurs, Photographic art - event the building is an piece of art and history at the same time. The Smithsonian keeps the science up to date and the exhibits hands on while giving our science fans the deep facts they crave. Lines look long, but move fast and as always entrance if free.

Thank WonderingMomma
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