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  • Address: 10th St. & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC, USA
  • Hours: Open daily except Dec. 25 from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with extended hours in the summer.

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National Museum of Natural History Tours

More than 126 million (yes, million!) specimens of plants, animals, rocks, fossils, meteorites, human remains, and cultural artifacts can be found at The National Museum of Natural History. The museum, opened in 1910 is administered by the Smithsonian Institution, and was one of the first Smithsonian buildings built to exclusively house collections and research facilities. The buildings are also buzzing with almost two hundred natural history scientists. Open 364 days a year, with free admission, this is the most-visited natural history museum in the world—and the most-visited museum of any type in North America.

Insider’s Tip: It might go without saying that this museum is always packed, but it’s worth setting aside a day and fighting the crowds to see the incredible collections on display at this family friendly attraction. Highlights include the 45.5-carat Hope Diamond, a mummified cat, the Dom Pedro aquamarine, live butterflies and plants, a Neanderthal reconstruction, an African elephant, a polar bear, a lion, a live coral reef, and the 'Mud Masons of Mali,' which recreates the UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its earthen architecture.

Practical Info

There is no public parking at the museum, and street parking is limited (and posted times are enforced), though there are commercial parking lots and garages located within several blocks of the museum. It’s also convenient to get to the museum by public transportation. The closest Metrorail station is the Smithsonian Station (Mall exit) on the Blue and Orange line. Museum admission includes all programs except the Butterfly Pavilion, which is free Tuesdays only, and the IMAX Theatre.

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Arlington Cemetery and National Mall Monuments Bus Tour, Washington DC, null
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Arlington Cemetery and National Mall Monuments Bus Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most-famous monuments and memorials around Washington, DC on this guided, half-day sightseeing tour. ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Morning Monuments Tour of Washington DC, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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Morning Monuments Tour of Washington DC

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Explore the famous landmarks and monuments of Washington, DC on this guided, 3-hour, walking and riding sightseeing tour. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Taste of DC Segway Tour, Washington DC, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Taste of DC Segway Tour

See the highlights of Washington, DC, on this 1-hour segway tour. Visit the Capitol, Supreme Court, Botanical Gardens, and more on this short, exhilarating ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Washington DC Legend Daytime Comprehensive Tour, Washington DC, Segway Tours
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Washington DC Legend Daytime Comprehensive Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

See Washington D.C.'s most memorable sites with knowledgeable and passionate local guides! This full-day tour covers a comprehensive look at the intricate ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Washington DC, Full-day Tours
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Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 729 Reviews

As the authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service, the Big Bus tour is the official sightseeing tour of the National Mall. Explore the most popular ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $39.00
Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley, plus Arlington National Cemetery, Washington DC, Hop-on ... 
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley, plus Arlington National Cemetery

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1338 Reviews

Discover Washington DC at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour. Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 to 16 hrs

From USD $13.50
Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart, Washington DC, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Capitol Hill and DC Monuments Tour by Electric Cart

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 185 Reviews

See Washington DC’s major sites in a fun, unique way – aboard an electric cart! As you explore Capitol Hill, see famous monuments and landmarks including the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.00
Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van, Washington DC, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Explore the most famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC on this private, customizable, full-day sightseeing tour. Climb aboard a comfortable van ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 5 to 6 hrs

From USD $95.00
Washington DC Private City Tour, Washington DC, Custom Private Tours
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Washington DC Private City Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

This private city tour around Washington DC will take you to all major monuments and sights for 4 hours with private driver.The tour can be conducted in ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Washington DC One Day Tour from New York City with US Capitol upgrade, New York City, Private ... 
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Washington DC One Day Tour from New York City with US Capitol upgrade

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Take advantage of your visit to New York by going on a day trip to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., with the option of visiting one of the world’s most ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.00

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