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Smithsonian's NMNH

National Museum of Natural History

Science Museum and History Museum · Northwest Washington
1000 Constitution Ave NW (at 10th St NW), Washington, D.C. 20560, United States
Hours:
Closed until 10:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:30 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)

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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    "Amazing rocks and minerals, some of the most famous gems"(10 Tips)
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    "Really enjoying the butterfly exhibit and just about everything else"(11 Tips)
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    "Amazing exhibits on early civilizations, dinosaurs, and animals."(37 Tips)
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  • Bryan B.

    Beautiful exhibits. One of the most breathtaking places in the world!

    Bryan Benoit · 1 week ago
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  • Emmanuel G.

    I learned a lot

    Emmanuel Galvan · 2 weeks ago
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  • Yasin

    One of the best museums that I've ever seen in my life. Evolution is real btw;)

    Yasin · 3 weeks ago
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  • Kevin D.

    Absolutely brilliant. All sections!

    Kevin Desai · 3 weeks ago
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  • Sam O.

    The giant squid is cool but generally the information is aimed at kids

    Sam Odle · 3 weeks ago
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  • Katherine W.

    The gems are amazing.

    Katherine Wooten · 3 weeks ago
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  • Amber D.

    a very nice museum with a lot's of interesting facts. It also shows you how you would look like as a homosapien, which is kind of funny

    Amber De Wilde · 3 weeks ago
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  • Tania L.

    You must go there. Also, it's free!!!

    Tania L. · January 1
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  • Youssef G.

    Dinosaurs exhibit ❤️😊

    Youssef Gawdat · December 30, 2015
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  • Bradford R.

    If you only have time for one museum, this has to be it.

    Bradford Riley · December 24, 2015
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  • Dimka P.

    Great museum where you can touch different bugs and caterpillar

    Dimka Pronik · December 24, 2015
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  • Maggie M.

    Still my favorite Smithsonian. Amazing exhibits on early civilizations, dinosaurs, and animals.

    Maggie MacG · December 23, 2015
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  • Charla P.

    The best lunch sandwich I've eaten in DC. Deserts looked wonderful but I let the temptation pass me by! And very clean-

    Charla Payne · December 12, 2015
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  • Mary S.

    Exhibits are amazing!! Multiple gift shops and so much to see.

    Mary Scott · November 28, 2015
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  • Anna F.

    The exhibit on human origins is really interesting.

    Anna Fader · November 28, 2015
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  • Markus T.

    One of the best museums in the country. Free. Plenty of fascinating exhibits relating to human history.

    Markus Tarjamo · November 20, 2015
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  • Rafa O.

    Free museum with a lot of things to see and to do! You have lockers thay cost only U$0,25, live butterfly where you pay only 6 dollars and have an amazing experience.

    Rafa Oliva · November 15, 2015
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  • cansu u.

    Exhibits are so cool. I love native americans

    cansu ugurlu · November 13, 2015
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  • Joe C.

    Favorite museum in town!

    Joe Cooper · November 1, 2015
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  • Jen I.

    Origins of life

    Jen Imbimbo · October 12, 2015
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  • Richard E.

    Q?rius is the coolest place for teens and adults with Ober 8000 objects toy can take to a table to study like real scientists. Research quality microscopes. Expect to spend an hour here! Worth but it!

    Richard Efthim · September 21, 2015
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  • Julie

    So much to do!! I could get lost in here because there's so much to see and do. Prepare for several hours.

    Julie · August 22, 2015
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  • Pablo T.

    It's amazing how big it is.

    Pablo Teran · August 17, 2015
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  • Eric S.

    Dinosaur bones! And the hope diamond.

    Eric Sanford · August 8, 2015
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  • The Ritz-Carlton

    Take in the infamous 45.52-carat Hope Diamond, the largest deep blue diamond in the world. The stunning gem has a long and mysterious past, and is said to be cursed.

    The Ritz-Carlton · July 29, 2015
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  • Aniruddha M.

    One of the most fascinating places ever. Best way to spend an entire day with family or kids. Do look into their suggested routes within museum - it helps make things interesting.

    Aniruddha Mandke · July 28, 2015
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  • Nikki C.

    The geology exhibit was actually one of the coolest attractions. I though it was going to be the section that I was least interested in, but the museum's collection of gems and crystals is amazing!

    Nikki Copenhaver · July 28, 2015
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  • Lisa S.

    Butterfly exhibit, but get there before 4 to get a ticket in!

    Lisa Schneider · July 28, 2015
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  • Erik B.

    The exhibition about the evolution of man is great

    Erik Brok · July 27, 2015
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  • Elizabeth

    The butterfly exhibit was awesome. The dinosaurs are temporarily upstairs.

    Elizabeth · July 22, 2015
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  • Lydia S.

    The museam is awesome and free admission!

    Lydia Soto Rodriguez · July 16, 2015
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  • Brett G.

    Yet another must visit place while touring DC.

    Brett Garwood · July 11, 2015
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  • Alina H.

    Go early morning on sunday is free, Great museum, lo es the dinosaur area.

    Alina HB · July 6, 2015
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  • Megan W.

    The dinosaurs and the underwater section

    Megan Wagner · July 2, 2015
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  • Mark B.

    Very popular museum that is free to public. One of the busier museums. Definitely recommend the IMAX movies.Get a Smithsonian Membership: family is $12. Gets you discounts in gift shop and IMAX movies

    Mark B · June 26, 2015
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  • Eric A.

    Play a video game…sort of

    Eric Andersen · June 25, 2015
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  • Mike D.

    T-Rex. 'Nuff said.

    Mike Davis · June 23, 2015
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  • michael k.

    The human origins exhibit is a must see.

    michael keller · June 13, 2015
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  • Eric L.

    Information is too dumbed down compared to new York.

    Eric Liu · June 2, 2015
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  • Santi C.

    Awesome, the variety of exhibitions will leave you speechless. Please say hi to bones the T-Rex for me! :)

    Santi Caamaño · June 2, 2015
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  • Tara C.

    Cool exhibits

    Tara Colison · May 30, 2015
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  • Aaron S.

    Don't miss the HOPE DIAMOND on the second floor.

    Aaron Smith · May 13, 2015
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  • Andrew C.

    What a great place to pop in and take in some curiosities.

    Andrew Conkling · April 28, 2015
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  • Jason M.

    Everything

    Jason Morris · April 25, 2015
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  • Parker T.

    Amazing rocks and minerals, some of the most famous gems

    Parker T · April 20, 2015
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  • John C.

    Too much for one day! Absolutely amazing museum.

    John Cockerill · April 13, 2015
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  • loran j.

    Lots of good things to see here. I don't think it's quite as good as the one one in NY, but it is maintained better and it's free!

    loran jonak · April 1, 2015
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  • Tosa A.

    Absolutely loved coming here

    Tosa A. · March 30, 2015
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  • Meigz Z.

    The restroom by the African room is empty. So if you have to go do it there.

    Meigz Zombie · March 28, 2015
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  • Ann

    It's fun & educational. A must go spot if you are traveling with young children. Both adults and children. Will enjoy it.

    Ann · March 25, 2015
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