Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

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Discover the many wonders of the natural world at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the most-visited museum in North America. View the vast collection of more than 126 million plants, animals, minerals, and human cultural artifacts, which are spread throughout dozens of interactive and themed exhibits. Learn more about our beginnings in the Hall of Human Origins. Get up close to a life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton at the Hall of Dinosaurs, where you can interact with your favorite prehistoric creatures in the simulated Walking with Dinosaurs experience. See the most famous diamond in the world, the Hope Diamond, in the Hall of Minerals. Admission is free year-round. Using our international travel planner, Washington DC attractions like Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Unforgettable collection of precious stones. This place got something amazing for every age. Better visit on a week day, as during the weekend it’s best as a bee hive 
    Unforgettable collection of precious stones. This place got something amazing for every age. Better visit on a week day, as during the weekend it’s best as a bee hive  more »
  • A very enjoyable and wonderful place to spend an afternoon. We learned things we had not known prior to this visit. 
    A very enjoyable and wonderful place to spend an afternoon. We learned things we had not known prior to this visit.  more »
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  • Easily one of the best natural history museums in the US, and the entry is free! Has plenty of historic skeletons from prehistoric humans to extinct mammals and dinosaurs, as well as real mummies from ancient Egypt. I also recommend checking out the butterfly pavilion experience and other temporary exhibitions. A day's worth of interesting things to explore and learn about. They are also very transparent about which parts of an exhibit are fake replicas and which ones are originals, a small but important detail.
  • This Museum is amazing. It's like going back in time and looking at how everything came to be. The first floor us practically a cruise through the different time periods. The second floor has great things as well. I saw things that I didn't even know existed. Everything is so beautiful. I would go again every time I get the chance to do so because it's so much, you'll need a few visits to just take it all in and enjoy it.

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