Smithsonian's NMNH

National Museum of Natural History

1000 Constitution Ave NW (at 10th St NW), Washington, D.C. 20560, United States
Open until 5:30 PM (Show more)
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    • 10:00 AM–5:30 PM
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Opened in 1910, the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex.


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    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.

    HISTORY · March 31, 2010
  • Danielle F.

    Go to the dinosaurs

    Danielle Furman · July 1, 2010
  • Chevrolet

    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.

    Chevrolet · September 21, 2010
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    Get an up-close look at stunningly colorful creatures as you stroll among butterflies & exotic plants in the enclosed Butterfly Pavilion. -- Green Guide Editor

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · August 2, 2011
  • Fordcast Tour

    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!

    Fordcast Tour · August 22, 2011
  • Russell T.

    The new year old exhibit on the oceans is one of the best exhibits in any of the Smithsonians.

    Russell Tee · September 24, 2009
  • Shevonne P.

    Don't forget to check out the Insect Zoo

    Shevonne Polastre · July 8, 2010
  • Michael S.

    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.

    Michael Stroud · July 13, 2010
  • Adrienne

    Forget the giant elephant. Have you seen the GIANT SLOTH!?!?

    Adrienne · July 29, 2010
  • Monica

    The Human Origins exhibit just opened. Be sure to check out the morphing station. Read more

    Monica · March 23, 2010

    For something so lovely, the 45.52-carat jewel of the Smithsonian Institution has a sinister tale. Several owners of the blue diamond have suffered misfortune, including Marie Antoinette. See it here. Read more

    USA TODAY · June 22, 2012
  • DC Preservation League

    Built 1910 (Hornblower & Marshall, architects); DC Landmark - November 8, 1964.

    DC Preservation League · May 11, 2011
  • NMNH Social Media Team

    If you're hungry and find the Atrium Cafe closed, check out the Fossil Cafe located in the Dinosaur Hall. Read more

    NMNH Social Media Team · August 11, 2010
  • Dora

    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

    Dora · July 21, 2010
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    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

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · August 13, 2012
  • Smithsonian

    Check out the museum's mobile website for events, exhibitions, floor plans and more (

    Smithsonian · June 7, 2012
  • Ryan C.

    Check out the bone exhibit. Awesome!

    Ryan Contino · June 25, 2010
  • Ellen S.

    Watch the Wild Ocean 3D @IMAX! It's amazing footage.

    Ellen Sun · March 27, 2010
  • Bryant C.

    I love this place. Almost 30 and still act like a big kid here

    Bryant Conley · June 17, 2010
  • Stephani S.

    The best museum in Washington D.C. especially the rocks and minerals wing. Go if only to see the Hope Diamond

    Stephani S · October 14, 2010
  • Dan M.

    Written in Bone exhibit is very interesting - a must see for any criminology or forensic science enthusiasts!!

    Dan M. · June 15, 2010
  • Scott T.

    so much to see!!!

    Scott Thelen · August 4, 2009
  • Wired

    The green-domed museum on the National Mall contains 325,000 square feet of exhibition and public space. Read more

    Wired · August 9, 2012
  • Shannon

    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!

    Shannon · March 17, 2011
  • Bob K.

    Don't get locked in after closing. I've heard strange things may happen overnight!

    Bob King · May 20, 2011
  • Monica

    Go through the Written in Bone exhibit. Toast yourself with some wine from the Atrium Cafe. Read more

    Monica · January 26, 2010
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    The dinosaurs are amazing !!!!

    - · June 16, 2013
  • Dwayne K.

    You can't come here without checking out the Hope Diamond - 45.52 carats of grayish-blue awesomeness! Read more

    Dwayne Kilbourne · December 18, 2012
  • Eric A.

    Don't miss the Ocean Hall!

    Eric Andersen · February 22, 2012
  • Capital Spice

    Head to the 2nd floor for the Butterfly Pavillion. For $6 you can walk through a room filled with hundreds of butterflies. Worth it!

    Capital Spice · February 13, 2012
  • Nick C.

    The dinosaur bones are cool.

    Nick Cocco · May 26, 2010
  • Traci A.

    The butterfly exhibit is normally $6 for adults, but is free every Tuesday.

    Traci Adair · March 6, 2010

    Don’t miss the outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can interact with these little critters in four distinct habitats. Be sure to bring your camera − this is a great spot for photo opportunities. Read more · June 27, 2013
  • Bobby M.

    The female giant squid is about 40 feet and incredible. Makes u wonder how big the adults get if she's just juvenile .....

    Bobby M · March 6, 2011
  • Jeff M.

    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!

    Jeff Meade · February 10, 2011
  • Jabe B.

    Don't carry the kids coats all day. Coat lockers to the left of the main enterance on ground floor require a quarter DEPOSIT!!

    Jabe Bloom · January 31, 2010
  • Sam A.

    Awesome museum but....if you get hungry eat outside. Not great food and 5 times the price.

    Sam Atassi · December 22, 2013
  • Emily E.

    Love the Hope Diamond.

    Emily Evangelista Baytan · July 4, 2013
  • Miguel A.

    It smells dank in here

    Miguel Arreola · May 15, 2013
  • Scott B.

    Get me the hope diamond!

    Scott B · February 18, 2012
  • DC Preservation League

    Built in 1910, using the designs of noted architects Hornblower & Marshall. It is also within the National Mall Historic District.

    DC Preservation League · August 11, 2011
  • Dayana B.

    Cafes are convenient but extremely over priced. Mcdonalds, subway and the post office pavilion are right out 10th and much cheaper.

    Dayana B · April 17, 2011
  • Josh C.

    "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

    Josh Carlon · October 18, 2010
  • tarsila y.

    Visit the Hall of Human Origins ;)

    tarsila yuki · September 17, 2010
  • Alejandro M.

    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

    Alejandro Mariscal · July 1, 2013
  • IWalked Audio Tours

    Most popular Smithsonian museum with 7.4MM visitors/yr. Inside is 45.5 carat Hope Diamond & 65MM yr old Triceratops named “Hatcher” (for paleontologist who discovered him). Full site history via<LINK> Read more

    IWalked Audio Tours · October 12, 2012
  • Kathy W.

    Dude!!! They like charge $2.00 for the Go Smithsonian guide now!! What a rip!!!

    Kathy W. · May 5, 2010
  • Roy B.

    Must watch globe movie about the oceans.

    Roy B · February 21, 2010
  • Plaza S.

    This museum is fantastic! On this link you can see a photo of a mammoth on PlazaScience! The social network for people who likes science and photography Read more

    Plaza Science · March 19, 2014
  • Pavel Z.

    Многие макеты животных выглядят гораздо живее посетителей... Потрясающий музей, обязателен к посещению!

    Pavel Zubarev · June 20, 2014