S.I.Natural History Museum, Washington D.C.

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10th Street and Constitution Ave., NW 202-357-2700

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    National Museum of Natural History

    by MDH Written Apr 13, 2003

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    This was once walking around 500 million years ago

    Another branch of the Smithsonian's long list of museums, the National Museum of Natural Museum is argueably one of the best natural history museums in the Americas, easily sitting next to the Field Museum in Chicago and the American Museum in New York. Upon entering the building, you're immediately greeted by a towering African elephant, looking like it's ready to run right at you.

    Some of the exhibits included in the museum are areas dedicated extensively to the beginning of the planet, some of the oldest fossils ever discovered, the first animals, the dinosaur eras, the Ice Age, geology, evolution, and native cultures found throughout the world.

    One of the great treasures of the Natural History museum is the Hope Diamond, one of the largest (and most infamous) diamonds ever discovered. Legend has it that it's cursed everyone that has owned it, from European nobility to American businessmen. With that kind of track record, you're probably best not to touch it, or get anywhere near it.

    This museum is simply a must for anyone visiting the Washington area

    Like all other Smithsonian museums, admission is entirely free. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Summer hours (between May 23 and September 1 are from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m

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    National Museum of American History

    by MDH Updated Apr 12, 2003

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    Trust me, it very exciting...inside.

    Located along the National Mall along with the Smithsonian's other museums, the National Museum of American History is one of Washington's (as well as the U.S.'s) most comprehensive collection of the history of the American state. Exhibits here range from the historical to the cultural to the recent. Ancient times, such as the Native Americans, are documented here, as well as the first European colonization, the arrival of Africans, independence, the industrial revolution, the wars, and the modern day. All the good, the bad, the ugly, the fun, and the downright interesting spanning American history is displayed here.

    Other exhibits include items of popular and historical American culture: Archie Bunker's chair, Dorothy's red shoes, the first televisions and light bulbs, Ella Fitzgerald's belongings, Julia Child's kitchen, Lincoln's top hat, Calvin Coolidge's wife's '20s flapper dress, the first American naval ship USS Philadelphia (sunk in 1776, raised in 1935 !!!), Benjamin Franklin's printing press, Japanese-American internment camp signs, a pair of shoes found in the World Trade Center rubble, even a recreated early 20th century ice cream parlor where you can get a snack.

    Overall, this museum is fun for family, intellectuals, history junkies or people wanting to discover a little bit more American history, and is highly recommend it if you're in Washington.

    The museum is open daily from 10 to 5:30. All admission is free.

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  • American History Museum.

    by irishmarina Written Aug 26, 2002

    This is my favorite Smithsonian museum. Some of my favorite exhibits are the dresses of the first ladies and the Wizard of Oz's ruby slippers. A great museum that combines eduation with unique experiences.

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    The Smithsonian Museums have...

    by melemeday Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Smithsonian Museums have tremendous exhibits. Very educational and interesting. Usually I am not a museum fan, but I had alot about the museum. Here's a picture of the natural history museum. More than one day can be spent at the museums, I think it is best to choose one or two that are of interest and spend a little more time wandering and observing.

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    Visit the Smithsonian museums...

    by KnotH3ad Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Visit the Smithsonian museums (but not the castle)
    There are MANY Smithsonian museums. The best ones that I have been to are Air & Space, US History and Natural History. The Natural History is the best of the best, so be sure to go there!

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    National Museum of Natural...

    by Ky_Happy_Dad Written Aug 24, 2002

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    National Museum of Natural History, Constitution Ave at 10th Street, is highly recommended especially for children because of the extensive collection of dinosaur bones. The Hope diamond and other gemstones are on display. Another big hit with the children is the Insect zoo where they can handle giant cockroaches and other interesting live insects. See, http://www.mnh.si.edu/ for more information.

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    You must also check out...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    You must also check out Smithsonian Institution's NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY.

    This Museum contains one of the world's largest and most valuable scientific collections. It is also the largest research museum (wow!) in the United States. The exhibits on display include fossils, dinosaurs, mammals, sea life, plants, meteorites... and even a priceless gem collection!

    Yes, very impressive indeed!

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    Natural History Museum

    by Taffster Written Jun 19, 2006

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    Natural History Museum

    Great to go and have a look around where you can see all things Natural, including a bug farm thingy!

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    Natural history Museum

    by eternel2002 Updated Apr 20, 2006
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    This Museum is very big, huge, may be you need one day if you want to explore everything in it, it contains the chronical history of the the life on earth, ...(To be completed)

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  • National Museum of National History

    by caelle Written Jan 5, 2006
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    Don't forget to drop by the National Museum of National History in Washington. Best of all, FREE admission!! :)

    You get to see fossils, the infamous "HOPE DIAMOND" etc.....

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    The History of Nature

    by HotSpotJ Written May 18, 2005
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    I just revisited this place, I had not been there since my grammar school years. Very informative and a great place to take a child, awesome dinosaur exhibits and early life exhibits.

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    Visit the Smithsonian Museum...

    by JosM Updated Apr 20, 2003

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    Visit the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
    Large collection of Dinosaur skeletons
    Interesting department on geology

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    Museum of Natural History

    by GUYON Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Dinosaur

    Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) -

    If you are not interested in dinosaurs you can look at the diamonds collection (impressive).

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    Spend a day in this museum!

    by fa330 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Museum of Natural History

    See the Museum of Natural History.
    Here you can see dinosaur fossils, beautiful rocks and gems, including the Hope Diamond, and numerous animal specimens.

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  • It may seem nerdy, but the...

    by dtsmith910 Written Aug 25, 2002

    It may seem nerdy, but the best attractions are the Smithsonian museums. They know everything. I think that's a picture of the Natural History museum.

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