United States District of Columbia Washington

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

A renowned institution in DC, showcasing collections of natural wonders including dinosaur fossils, ancient artifacts, and a vast gem collection.

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It’s no surprise that you’ll see dinosaurs when you visit the 31,000-square-foot David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time fossil hall at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, but this exhibit has an even more important story to tell. In addition to fossil specimens, you’ll find educational videos and various interactive elements that demonstrate how humans are contributing to Earth’s changing climate and how the choices we make today could impact our planet far into the future.

tarahchieffi 3 years ago

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is a must-visit spot for families in Washington D.C. This museum is home to an incredible collection of exhibits that showcase the diversity and wonder of the natural world. Kids will love seeing the dinosaur skeletons and the sparkling Hope Diamond, as well as the interactive displays that allow them to touch and explore different specimens. With so much to see and learn, this is a fun and educational experience that your whole family will enjoy.

chiefseeker 1 year ago

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Guides

  • Kid Friendly Things to do in Washington DC

    chiefseeker (Jody Vandergriff)
    Planning a family trip to Washington D.C. with your kids? Look no further than this list of kid-friendly things to do in the city. I took my 10-year-old son to DC for a memorable trip in November 2019, and it was both a fun and educational experience for both of us. From incredible museums to the grandeur of the National Mall, there is no shortage of activities to keep children entertained and engaged in learning. Here are our favorite spots from our trip. Reach out to your representative in Congress up to 6 months in advance for free tickets to many of the top sights as well as special access. Book as many popular sites sell out quickly!
  • Weekend in Washington DC

    blacey0925 (Beth Lacey)

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Articles

  • 9 of America’s Top Dinosaur Museums & Attractions

    Did you grow up lecturing classmates on the difference between a Brontosaurus and a Brachiosaurus? Did you spend sleepless nights watching Jurassic Park over and over (and over) again? While we can’t hook you up with a time machine, we can point you toward nine dinosaur museums and dinosaur attractions across the US where you […]