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National Museum of Natural History
National Museum of Natural History

National Museum of Natural History

Free admission
10th St. & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC

The Basics

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History offers visitors permanent collections, temporary exhibits, and immersive, hands on experiences. Its collections include over 30 million insects housed in glass boxes, and a dazzling array of fossils, rocks, plants, tools, and artwork. Visitors can learn about the dinosaurs that roamed what is now America, and see the Hope Diamond, one of the world’s most admired jewels.

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Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
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Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
$79.50 per adult
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An awesome experience of an encounter with science and culture
Our guide was fantastic. She is an expert in museums and took us to the most important and amazing places and pieces inside the museum. She shared lots of blowing science updates that are shown in the museum. Really recommended. Two thumbs up!
Pedro_S, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Wouldnt tour without a guide!
Megan_M, Nov 2021
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
Leigh was a fabulous guide through the museum, bringing the exhibits to life & adding depth & color. Highly reccommend!
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Leigh was so...
Wendi_S, Oct 2021
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
Leigh was so knowledgeable and full of fun facts. We had a great time and could never have explored so efficiently on our own. Highly recommend!
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A trip made wonderful.
Gwin_H, Oct 2021
Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Guided Tour - Private Tour
We saw museums and galleries through the eyes of our 12 y.o. grandson. There is so much to see, but Meghan Hanson, our guide, was terrific; she catered to our interests every day, got us through the maze of things to see with flying colors, and made us feel cared for and relaxed. We highly recommend Meghan and will request her professional services when we bring our other grandchildren to DC.
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Great way to get the most out of the museum
Jessica_B, Oct 2021
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
Excellent guide through a museum packed with exhibits—it would be so easy to wander though here and not understand what you are seeing. Best tour of the three we booked that weekend.
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Rebekah was great.. so...
Kristin_R, Oct 2021
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
Rebekah was great.. so knowledgeable and entertaining. My kids loved it. Dinosaurs were so cool and unbelievable.
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Helpful for a history novice
EsSimone_I, Nov 2021
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Guided Tour - 8ppl Max
I thought I booked a group but evidentially booked a private tour. Boy was it worth it to have a personal tour guide. Meghan was a complete delight! She catered to the things I was interested in as well as provided so much information and history of many of the exhibits. She was entertaining and patiently answered every question I had. Although it is impossible to see every area of the museum in 2 hours, I still feel that Meghan provided a vast amount of information and a variety of interesting tidbits. After the tour was completed, I was free to explore on my own and felt better oriented having been through the majority of the museum with Meghan.
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the perfect Smithsonian guide
Carmen_P, Feb 2020
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Guided Tour - 8ppl Max
Rebecca was a wonderful guide, who has studied the museums in which she guides. Informative, funny, flexible, and weaves her information through many stories. Our kind of guide. Perfect.
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Donna was awesome!
Francine_M, Mar 2019
Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Tour - 8ppl Max
We had such a great time in this tour we wished we would have booked some other museum tours with Donna. She was very knowledgeable especially of the Art Museum. We would never have gotten so much out of it without her.
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Trip through time
Karen_L, Oct 2021
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
The guide was very knowledgeable and she made it very interesting. Enjoyed the many exhibits especially the gemstones.
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A “Wow” experience
vickie_t, Oct 2021
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
Terrific and knowledgeable guide, Brenda. Best use of time and money when visiting Washington, DC. No need to worry about what to see or where to see it in a huge museum.
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Awesome experience!
JoAnne_M, Sep 2021
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
Had a great time! Would highly recommend! Very educational and informative! Really a great way to visit the museum!
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Natural history tour at the Smithsonian institute.
cyrann_c, Sep 2021
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
This is a must see!!!!! Wonderful experience. Every exhibit was well done. I especially loved the gem exhibit.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Admission to the museum and most exhibitions is free.

  • Entrance to the butterfly pavilion is free on Tuesdays.

  • The museum can be very crowded on Saturdays; during the summer, there’s a useful heat map on the website to help plan your visit.

  • Dining options include a cafeteria and Café Natural, which serves coffee and a limited food menu.

  • The wheelchair-accessible entrance to the museum can be found on Constitution Avenue.

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How to Get There

The Natural History Museum is located on the National Mall at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Parking in the area is limited, but there are a couple of paid parking garages nearby. The museum is easily reached by bus and metro, and the nearest stops are Federal Triangle, Smithsonian Station, and Archives-Navy Memorial – Penn Quarter

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When to Get There

The Museum is normally very crowded on Saturdays and during the summer months. Fall and winter weekdays days are normally quieter. The museum is open every day of the year but Christmas.

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The Butterfly Pavilion

The Museum is home to a butterfly pavilion—a climate controlled room full of tropical plants and live butterflies. The pavilion is located on the second floor inside the Partners in Evolution exhibition. Tickets are required for each 15-minute visit and tickets cost $7.50 for adults and $6.50 for children. Admission is free on Tuesdays, and tickets must be purchased in advance in person or online.

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