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Smithsonian's NMNH

National Museum of Natural History

Science Museum and History Museum
Northwest Washington, Washington
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  • Nikki C.
    Nikki CopenhaverJuly 28, 2015
    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!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Rodrigo V.
    Rodrigo VeraDecember 8, 2014
    This museum is very well maintained and clean. There's a visitor services desk for guests needing directions and a guide map. My favorite part was the area that covers human origins
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursOctober 12, 2012
    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
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongNovember 6, 2014
    Hands down one of my favorite museums where hours would be lost. Definitely check out the ocean hall if you are limited in time and the Hope Diamond by Harry Winston!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Richard E.
    Richard EfthimSeptember 21, 2015
    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!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Mark B.
    Mark BJune 26, 2015
    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
  • Justin T.
    Pro Tip💡Major 🔑 whatever you like. Briefly scan through #Foursquare tips before you enter. Then walk the museum like a boss 👑 (with pink diamonds in your crown🤔)
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Khrystal K. D.
    Don't miss the hope diamond and other jewels. The kids loved the aquariums and fossil skeletons. We ate in the cafe, and the food was pretty good. There was a large selection.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Aniruddha M.
    Aniruddha MandkeJuly 28, 2015
    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.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Maureen G.
    Maureen GJuly 7, 2013
    Butterfly exhibit, they land on the people including this one that stayed on this little boy's foot .the flowers are vert pretty but it is a hot 15 minutes.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Alejandro M.
    Alejandro MariscalJuly 1, 2013
    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
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    The museum offers a tremendous look at both the history and current technology in the field of aerospace and is fascinating regardless of your age or knowledge of physics. Read more
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • USA TODAY
    USA TODAYAugust 12, 2013
    One of the best places in the world to see dinosaurs. It's also the most popular museum in D.C. for families, so get there early to avoid the crowds. Read more
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • USA TODAY
    USA TODAYJune 22, 2012
    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
  • 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
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Andreas T.
    Andreas TMay 7, 2013
    If you to stare at stuffed dead animals or their bones, then you are in the right place. Good educational value (for some stuff), but overall an above-ground-graveyard
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Lexi H.
    Lexi HaJuly 26, 2013
    This museum is gorgeous. Although I still think the Natural Museum in NYC is much bigger and has more to see. So I went with bigger expectations as usual.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Laura B.
    Laura BrenskelleJune 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Say hi to those cool people working in the FossiLab! ;) And enjoy the museum! Go soon before the Dino Hall closes in about a year for a long time for renovation.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Plaza S.
    Plaza ScienceMarch 19, 2014
    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
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Robert P.
    Robert PackardAugust 29, 2014
    A close second on my list of must-visit museums (next to Air and Space). Some of the animal exhibits are so lifelike you'll gasp.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Amber D.
    Amber De WildeJanuary 14
    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
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Lily M.
    Lily M.April 28, 2014
    The Dinosaur Hall will be closing in the next month or so until 2019. They will reopen with a new T-Rex skeleton. You should visit this exhibit in the Smithsonian NMNH while you still can.
  • Casie S.
    Casie SmithJuly 3, 2012
    Start to the left with the animals till you hit the dinosaurs, take the ramp, follow that up to the Hope diamond and around the second floor! No need for searching and no backtracking.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Rafa O.
    Rafa OlivaNovember 15, 2015
    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.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Kenny
    KennyJanuary 3, 2013
    My favorite museum by far. I've been here 4 times and still haven't seen everything. Check out the architeuthis specimen.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Nils B.
    Nils BuurmanApril 15, 2014
    So much different things to see and nicely clear explained. Very interesting to see all this animal in real size!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Chevrolet
    ChevroletSeptember 21, 2010
    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.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Alan B.
    Alan BruceJanuary 10, 2012
    Amazing museum! The insect zoo is a must but a picture behind the jaws of a shark in the ocean room is really cool!!!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • April H.
    April Holifield-ScottAugust 20, 2014
    Grab lunch next door at the National Gallery Sculpture Garden- amazing fountain and art makes for a great lunch spot.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Insider Perks
    Insider PerksFebruary 24, 2012
    You will never be able to see it all so don't even try. Figure out your top priorities (dinosaurs, diamonds etc.) then head to the atrium and start there. Anything else is a bonus. Read more
  • Richard E.
    Richard EfthimAugust 15, 2014
    Great I MAX theater. New Q?rius education space w 1000s of collection objects for hands on closeup study. NOTE! dinosaur hall is closed for renovations til 2017. A few are still on view tho.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 29, 2015
    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.
  • Mariah E.
    Mariah EismanMarch 12, 2014
    Down by the entrance from Constitution Ave is the brand new hands on discovery center, Qurious. Open from 2-5 PM, Mon-Fri & Weekends. Lots of hands on activities for students!
  • Mary N.
    Mary NamestnikNovember 28, 2015
    Exhibits are amazing!! Multiple gift shops and so much to see.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Bryan
    BryanAugust 10, 2014
    It's hard to see everything in a day. The dinosaurs are under renovation right now, but there is still lots to see. I liked the minerals and gems, the collection of hominid skulls, and the elephants.
  • Lisa F.
    Lisa FulmerJuly 18, 2012
    You really need to take your time here. LOTS to see. In the Hall of Human Origins, the MEanderthal exhibit is fun. If the line is too long, download the app. The Smithsonian apps helped LOTS.
  • Fordcast Tour
    Fordcast TourAugust 22, 2011
    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!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Markus T.
    Markus TarjamoNovember 20, 2015
    One of the best museums in the country. Free. Plenty of fascinating exhibits relating to human history.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • The Bozzuto Group
    The Bozzuto GroupAugust 7, 2012
    Everyone feels a little bit like a kid walking through the Hall of Dinosaurs. Questions? Snag the attention of one of the scientists walking around to chat about the exhibitions.
  • Derek T.
    Derek TaylorJuly 19, 2013
    A must see. Wish I had more days to see every thing. Make sure you see the Air and Space and Natural History Museums.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Smithsonian
    SmithsonianJune 7, 2012
    Check out the museum's mobile website for events, exhibitions, floor plans and more (http://www.mnh.si.edu/mobile/)
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Charla P.
    Charla PayneDecember 12, 2015
    The best lunch sandwich I've eaten in DC. Deserts looked wonderful but I let the temptation pass me by! And very clean-
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Rachel G.
    Rachel GironOctober 9, 2012
    Three big gift shops are found down at the Ground floor!! Make sure you have time to see those!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Dimka P.
    Dimka PronikDecember 24, 2015
    Great museum where you can touch different bugs and caterpillar
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Don J.
    Don JJune 1, 2014
    The Fossil Hall at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is now closed for a long-planned — and, officials say, long-overdue — five-year, $48 million renovation. Reopens 2019.
  • Roberto M.
    Roberto MachorroJuly 28, 2013
    Organic food selections at the Atrium. Eat there before noon, it can get crowded for lunch.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Shannon
    ShannonMarch 17, 2011
    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!
  • Bobby M.
    Bobby MMarch 6, 2011
    The female giant squid is about 40 feet and incredible. Makes u wonder how big the adults get if she's just juvenile .....
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Lily J.
    Lily JungJuly 7
    The Human Origins and Gem sections are great. The Hope Diamond is worth seeing.
  • Alina H.
    Alina HBJuly 6, 2015
    Go early morning on sunday is free, Great museum, lo es the dinosaur area.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
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