Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The National Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. With free admission and open doors 364 days a year, it is the third most visited museum in the world, the most visited natural history museum in the world, and the most visited museum (of any type) in North America.Opened in 1910, the museum on the National Mall was one of the first Smithsonian buildings constructed exclusively to hold the national collections and research facilities.The main building has an overall area of 1,320,000 square feet with 350,000 square feet of exhibition and public space and houses over 1,000 employees.

The museum's collections total over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts. With 8 million visitors in 2013, it is the most visited of all of the Smithsonian museums and is also home to about 185 professional natural history scientists — the largest group of scientists dedicated to the study of natural and cultural history in the world.

Business Hour

Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

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Angil Justice 2017-01-03

Let me start out by saying WOW!!!!! This place is incredible, there's so much to see that you have to bring a lot of time with you to see all the exhibits. We were left the house on a spear of the moment to visit and arrived at around 1430 hrs, we never got to finished looking at all that was to see because the museum was closing. Lucky for us we came on a holiday and did not have to pay for parking. If you're planning on visiting I suggest that you find an all day parking available someplace because they only allow 2 hrs parking in front. I would highly recommend that up visit with your family. It's free to get in and a lot of the exhibits allows you to touch and feel for yourself. We had a blast visiting Thank you very much for having us!!!