Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (National Museum of Natural History)

Science Museum, History Museum
1000 Constitution Ave NW (at 10th St NW)
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000
Monday
10:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday
10:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday
10:00am - 5:30pm
Thursday
10:00am - 5:30pm
Friday
10:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday
10:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday
10:00am - 5:30pm

Tips

  • Go to the dinosaurs
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Check out the museum's mobile website for events, exhibitions, floor plans and more (http://www.mnh.si.edu/mobile/)
  • 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.
  • Forget the giant elephant. Have you seen the GIANT SLOTH!?!?
  • Watch the Wild Ocean 3D @IMAX! It's amazing footage.
  • I love this place. Almost 30 and still act like a big kid here
  • Get an up-close look at stunningly colorful creatures as you stroll among butterflies & exotic plants in the enclosed Butterfly Pavilion. -- Green Guide Editor
  • so much to see!!!
  • The green-domed museum on the National Mall contains 325,000 square feet of exhibition and public space.
  • 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!
  • The new year old exhibit on the oceans is one of the best exhibits in any of the Smithsonians.
  • 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.
  • The dinosaurs are amazing !!!!
  • You can't come here without checking out the Hope Diamond - 45.52 carats of grayish-blue awesomeness!
  • 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.
  • Don't miss the Ocean Hall!
  • Don't get locked in after closing. I've heard strange things may happen overnight!

Nearby places

1400 Constitution Ave NW (at 14th St NW)
655 Jefferson Drive SW
Constitution & Independence Ave (btwn 1st & 17th St)