Opened in 1910, the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex.
The Smithsonian Institution was founded for the "increase and diffusion" of knowledge from a bequest to the United States by the British scientist James Smithson, who had never visited the US himself.
Go to the dinosaurs
The N.M.N.H. houses over 500 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts; Let us know when you've seen them all.
Get an up-close look at stunningly colorful creatures as you stroll among butterflies & exotic plants in the enclosed Butterfly Pavilion. -- Green Guide Editor
The world's largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums, 9 research centers and more than 140 affiliate museums around the world. Make sure to bring a camera!
The new year old exhibit on the oceans is one of the best exhibits in any of the Smithsonians.
Don't forget to check out the Insect Zoo
Always take Metro. Parking is a bear. Make sure you leave plenty of time to see the entire museum. One could spend at least 5 hours there.
Forget the giant elephant. Have you seen the GIANT SLOTH!?!?
Built 1910 (Hornblower & Marshall, architects); DC Landmark - November 8, 1964.
If your kid goes crazy for the stuffed elephant in the entrance, head straight to the Hall of Mammals for more exotic creatures frozen in time. Powered by ParentsConnect.com
After your visit here, see national icons like Star-Spangled Banner, Julia Child's kitchen, and a 1926 Model T Ford at the National Museum of American History next door -- Green Guide Editor
Check out the bone exhibit. Awesome!
I love this place. Almost 30 and still act like a big kid here
Watch the Wild Ocean 3D @IMAX! It's amazing footage.
The best museum in Washington D.C. especially the rocks and minerals wing. Go if only to see the Hope Diamond
Written in Bone exhibit is very interesting - a must see for any criminology or forensic science enthusiasts!!
so much to see!!!
The dinosaurs are amazing !!!!
The gems & minerals section is awesome (the Hope Diamond is currently on display)! Allow yourself at least two hours to explore. You could easily spend a half day wandering around!
Head to the 2nd floor for the Butterfly Pavillion. For $6 you can walk through a room filled with hundreds of butterflies. Worth it!
Don't get locked in after closing. I've heard strange things may happen overnight!
The dinosaur bones are cool.
The butterfly exhibit is normally $6 for adults, but is free every Tuesday.
Don't miss the Ocean Hall!
Cafes are convenient but extremely over priced. Mcdonalds, subway and the post office pavilion are right out 10th and much cheaper.
The female giant squid is about 40 feet and incredible. Makes u wonder how big the adults get if she's just juvenile .....
Make sure you check out the whales over head too. I'm pretty sure it says that whales started in the early oceans, then moved to land for a few million years before becoming ocean creatures again!
Don't carry the kids coats all day. Coat lockers to the left of the main enterance on ground floor require a quarter DEPOSIT!!
Love the Hope Diamond.
It smells dank in here
Get me the hope diamond!
Built in 1910, using the designs of noted architects Hornblower & Marshall. It is also within the National Mall Historic District.
"Below the thunders of the upper deep;Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleepThe Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee" – Tennyson
Visit the Hall of Human Origins ;)
Dude!!! They like charge $2.00 for the Go Smithsonian guide now!! What a rip!!!
Must watch globe movie about the oceans.
Awesome museum but....if you get hungry eat outside. Not great food and 5 times the price.
This is a must visit place if you are in DC!
You can never go wrong with this museum! It's filled with the worlds natural artifacts that you see on TV and are actually able to see first hand! They offer a good grip of hands on activities for all
Phoenix the Right Whale is 45 feet long. Ths species got its name because they were the "right" whale to hunt.