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Smithsonian Museum of Natural History at DC
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW , Washington, District of Columbia, 20560 | 202-633-1000
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National Museum of Natural History

Open to the public since 1910, the National Museum of Natural History offers visitors a look at the world's plant, animal and natural world through collections of more than 126 million specimens and artifacts, including gems, minerals, rocks, fossils, preserved plants, animals and ancient human cultural relics. One of the most popular exhibits is the National Gem and Mineral Collection, featuring some of the most famous gems, including the Hope Diamond and the Star of Asia Sapphire. Kids of all ages will love the T-Rex and Triceratops skeletons in the Hall of Dinosaurs and enjoy visiting the Hall of mammals, where they'll find the museum's iconic African Elephant exhibit. With over 8 million visitors each year, the National Museum of Natural History is the most visited natural history museum in the world.


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Admission is free, but there is a charge for the Butterfly Pavilion and IMAX theater.

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Daily from 10:00 am - 5:3 0pm, except Christmas. Extended summer hours.


  • Live Tarantula Feedings
  • Film Screenings
  • Book Signings


  • Guided Tours
  • Butterfly Pavilion
  • Insect Zoo
  • IMAX Theater
  • Ocean Hall
  • FossiLab


  • How do I become a FONZ member or adopt a species?

    A Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) membership is a fabulous way to enjoy the Smithsonian's National Zoo and learn about wildlife conservation. You can use the museum's online forms to join FONZ and learn how to adopt a species to support the Zoo's work.
  • What information is available for visitors with disabilities?

    The National Museum of Natural History works hard to create an inclusive experience for all visitors. Courtesy wheelchairs are available near the Visitor Information Desk. Open-captioned video presentations, large print floor plans, tactile guides, and program calendars are offered, and accessible entrances and bathroom facilities make visiting easy. Specially trained service dogs also are welcome in the museum.

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