National Museum of Natural History

Local nameNational Museum of Natural History
LocationWashington D.C., United States

This museum, operating since 1910, is the world's most visited natural history museum. It also welcomes the highest number of visitors per year out of all the museums in the United States in general.

Managed by the Smithsonian Institute, the museum features anything and everything related to nature, be it plants, animals or diamonds. The most prominent parts of its 126 million-piece-collection are its meteorites and fossils, including an entire skeleton of a T-Rex.

The collections are divided into colour-coded sections. Along with other dinosaurs, the T-Rex can be found in the green section: Fossil History. The blue section is devoted to animals and ecosystems, the red area focuses on human diversity and includes mummies. Last but not the least, you can find diamonds in the brown section: Earth Sciences.

When visiting the museum, keep in mind that there are likely to be crowds and long waiting lines, especially in front of the building itself. This is also due to the fact that you will be asked to pass a metal detector upon entering.

Tags Natural History MuseumInteractiveDinosaur MuseumNational MuseumMuseumIMAXWheelchair AccessibleDinosaursWi-FiFree
Download Download See more
National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour from 63 USD

Opening hours

Daily: 10 am - 5:30 pm (in Summer until 7:30 pm)

Closed on Dec 25. Be sure to check the official website for any exceptional closures and extended opening hours.


Admission to the museum is free (except the Butterfly Pavilion and the IMAX Theatre).

More information and contact


Official Website






Phone +12026331000

Address 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560, USA

Coordinates 38°53'28.548" N -77°1'33.518" E

Tours and activities: National Museum of Natural History

National Museum of Natural History Guided Tour

Instant confirmation
from 63 USD

Natural History Museum & National Gallery of Art Guided Tour

Mobile voucher
Instant confirmation
from 105 USD

DC It All! Washington DC in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Instant confirmation
from 85 USD

Sygic Travel - A Travel Guide in Your Pocket

Download for free and plan your trips with ease
Enter your mobile phone number to receive a direct link to download the app:
Or just search for \"Sygic Travel\" in App Store or Google Play.
Sygic Travel Maps The world's first map app tailored for travelers
Use the app Not now