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National Museum of Natural History

African elephant at the entry hall African elephant at the entry hall Photo via mnh.si.edu

The National Museum of Natural History is located in the National Mall, Washington DC. The museum was opened in 1910 and is currently being run by the Smithsonian Institution. The museum is close to Federal Triangle Metro Station and remains open through the year, excepting Christmas.

The museum remains open from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and viewers are not charged any entry fees for admission to the museum premises. It has 18 exhibition halls with numerous temporary and permanent exhibitions that revolve around the history of mankind, evolutionary dynamics and other countless objects and specimens that tell about the natural history of our planet.

More than 125 million specimens depicting our natural history are on display in this museum. Moreover, there are massive dinosaur skeletons, true-to-form manmade animal skeletons, rare and beautiful gems and jewelry including the 45.52 carat Hope diamond, the Star of Asia sapphire and a living coral reef. You can visit these spaces during the free weekday tours on offer by the museum.

If you are visiting with children then the ‘Hall of Mammals’, ‘Dinosaur Hall’ and the ‘Insect Zoo’ will be great exhibits to visit. Moreover, the ‘Discovery Room’ is an interactive space for the kids where they can try their hands on various fun activities. You may also want to watch a movie with your children at the Samuel C. Johnson Theatre.

Natural History MuseumAlso, don’t forget to visit the ‘Hall of Human Origin’ and the ‘Sant Ocean Hall’ for a more detailed look in the development of humans and oceanic life. ‘Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution’ exhibit is not only a treat to the eyes but will change your whole perception about life on planet Earth.

The whole museum is almost impossible to be seen in a single day. You might want to plan a two day visit here and stay content that this time will be worthwhile. Not only this, you will come back to this place again once you have visited. The beauty of this place is par excellence. The green dome of the building and the T-rex structure along with 45 other fossilized dinosaurs will make it the most entertaining and enjoyable experience for people of all ages.


10:00 am - 5:30 pm daily
Extended Spring/Summer Hours: Select dates 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Address/Map:  Independence Ave at 6th St, SW Washington, DC 20560
Phone: (202) 633-1000
Website: National Museum of Natural History
Admission: Free (Virtual Tour available online)