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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
US$94.34 per adult
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Our guide was amazing and...
Our guide was amazing and made our experience memorable. Brenda was patient and extremely knowledgeable.
Tina_C, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

star-5
Great tour
Kimberly_W, Aug 2022
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
The experience was truly phenomenal! Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was a first time trip and the museum was packed. She ensured we caught the highlights.
star-5
Great experience, highly recommended
Jun_L, Aug 2022
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
Great experience! Brenda was very knowledgeable and patient. We had a lot of fun, especially for my school age daughter. She loved the hope diamond, dinosaur, etc. I highly recommend the tour!
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Best Private Tour
Larry_R, Aug 2022
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
Lucky to have Rebecca as our guide. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. It was a great introduction to the museum. I highly recommend the tour and Rebecca!
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The guide was wonderful...
Helen_M, Jul 2022
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
The guide was wonderful but charging a 17 mo old us crazy. and charging a 7 yo as an adult is also outrageous.
star-5
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.
star-5
Leigh is the best
Sayomi_K, Jul 2022
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
Leigh is someone I would seek to get a guide from even if she stops working for your company. I live in DC and have visited natural history museum number of times. But Leigh’s knowledge and enthusiasm took my experience in the familiar museum to a whole new level. Thank you
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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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Great afternoon with Tony and we learned a lot. And laughed a lot.
Kathy_C, Jul 2022
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
Tony was our private tour guide. He knew the museum well and was able to navigate our small party to the various areas of the museum we wanted to see, as well as sharing new exhibits and insights across our 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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Great tour! Very...
Robin_R, Jul 2022
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour
Great tour! Very informative and our tour guide kept everyone’s interest the whole time. Wear comfortable walking shoes
star-5
Richard was amazing! Loved everything
Brianna_R, May 2022
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Guided Tour - 8ppl Max
Richard was one of the best tour-guides we could have asked for! He connected with all of us via text the day before so that we had time to plan our meet-up and routes. He was clear about the expectations of the tour from the start and really put forth the effort to ensure everyone had a great experience at the museum. He was so knowledgable about each area of the museum and shared so many behind-the-scenes secrets about many of the items on display. There was no way you could avoid being truly engaged in the tour because of how interesting he made everything! We will definitely think of him again for our next trip to DC, thank you so much Richard for making our first Washington experience the best it could have been!
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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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