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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
$94.34 per adult
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Alisha was informative. Very funny. She was a great guide and when we come back to DC we will ask for her again.
Angela_D, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Gem stones
Juliana_L, Jun 2022
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
The Hope diamond and all the minerals made the visit worthwhile. Our guide chose that as the first place to visit. Smart. With such a big museum, it’s nice to have some one to guide you through.
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Excellent experience
George_B, Jun 2022
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
All of it. Rebecca was wonderful. Very knowledgeable. Made the experience worth the time for my grandson and I.
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Guide very knowledgeable and professional
Lyvia_F, May 2022
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 2H-Guided Tour
Overall very interesting and a very nice experience . The Guide was great. i recommend Viator they take care of all the details to make your trip memorable.
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DC tour with Brenda
Mary_H, Jun 2022
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
Brenda was amazing tour guide. We enjoyed every minute with her. She is the BEST. So many interesting treasures
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Great experience
Lisa_N, Jun 2022
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
Richard was amazing. Did a fantastic job. Ask for him for your tour. It makes a better experience and you get more out of the visit
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Smithsonian Tour
tkazaglis, May 2022
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Guided Tour - 8ppl Max
Tony was a great host and guide. Well worth having someone so knowledgeable guide us. Had a youngster in our group and Tony did a great job keeping him interested. Thanks.
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Awesome tour!
Darrell_R, Jun 2022
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
Richard is an awesome guide! His stories & explanations of the things we saw were fascinating. Highly recommend this tour!
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Meghan Magic
Shawn_J, Mar 2022
Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Guided Tour - Private Tour
Meghan was very thoughtful to offer a wheelchair for our special needs son and was simply the smartest tour guide ever. She made me very minute of the tour interesting with her fascinating stories and high energy, which kept even our 3 boys glued to her. So worth the money not to wander aimlessly for hours on our own.
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these tours are five-star!
Anne_D, Mar 2022
Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Tour - 8ppl Max
both our guides, meghan and richard, were excellent. i was so glad i paid the money for a semi-private tour of the museum and national gallery. my granddaughter and i enjoyed every minute of the tours. my only recommendation is that more time be allotted to lunch. we practically had to inhale our sandwiches!
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Museum tour
Janet_V, Feb 2022
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Guided Tour - 8ppl Max
So much information. Guide was exceptional. She took us to all the areas of the museum making it a great visit
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Tony is a great tour guide!
Sherrie_G, Jun 2022
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
We were on a cultural trip with our 11yo granddaughter. The number one item on her list was the Museum of Natural History. Tony was terrific, addressing his remarks to her directly (even though there was a bit of preteen ambivalence going on). Tony was so knowledgeable and took into account her priorities in our tour. I really can’t say enough about how gracious he was to us!
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Educational and entertaining
Lemmon_M, Jan 2022
Smithsonian Natural History & National Gallery of Art Guided Tour - Private Tour
Very educational and entertaining tour with our tour guide Megan. She was able to allow us to see a wide variety of the museum that really captured it’s essence.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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