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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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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🤔)
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
    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 Jul 29
  • 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.
  • Lily J.
    Lily JungJuly 7
    The Human Origins and Gem sections are great. The Hope Diamond is worth seeing.
    Upvoted Aug 6
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tonika B.
    Excellent exhibits! This is my first time coming back since they started renovating the exhibit halls and they're better lit than before.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • loran j.
    loran jonakApril 1, 2015
    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!
  • 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.
  • Santi C.
    Santi CaamañoJune 2, 2015
    Awesome, the variety of exhibitions will leave you speechless. Please say hi to bones the T-Rex for me! :)
  • 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.
  • Ann
    AnnMarch 25, 2015
    It's fun & educational. A must go spot if you are traveling with young children. Both adults and children. Will enjoy it.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightMarch 7, 2015
    Love the jewelery collection. The hope diamond is often crowded, but they have a more extensive collection. Very cool.
  • 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!
  • Mary N.
    Mary NamestnikNovember 28, 2015
    Exhibits are amazing!! Multiple gift shops and so much to see.
  • S_J L.
    S_J LNovember 16, 2014
    free admission n has three floors of exhibits space. really cool, interactive, fun place!! love it♥
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jessica K.
    Jessica KiaDecember 29, 2013
    But your tickets to the butterfly exhibit as soon as you get there- you usually have time to kill before your time is called.
  • Capital Spice
    Capital SpiceFebruary 13, 2012
    Head to the 2nd floor for the Butterfly Pavillion. For $6 you can walk through a room filled with hundreds of butterflies. Worth it!
  • Jackie D.
    Jackie DOctober 18, 2012
    The gem exhibit is phenomenal as it goes in depth about the chemical composition of all kinds of obscure gems.
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HurtekantFebruary 25, 2012
    Another must see on your bucket list! words cannot describe the sites you will see! Truly a walk back in time! Awesome just AWSOME!
  • 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
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