National Museum of Natural History

Washington, DC

Where are we going?

National Museum of Natural History
1000 Constitution Avenue Northwest


What is there to do?

Are you ready to visit one of the most popular museum's in Washington DC? Yes, we're off to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History!

And yes, there are dinosaurs!

This iconic museum is filled with fascinating exhibits that allow you explore the world, it's history, and all the amazing animals and events that make it what it is today!

Kids can learn all about the ecology of African elephants, and their place in geologic time in the African Bush Elephant exhibit. It's also a great way for kids to learn about conservation as they uncover the threats elephants face from the poachers. 

You can compare and contrast skeletons in Bone Hall, from flying fish, sea turtles, snakes, monkeys, and even a giraffe! Did you know that skeletons can tell us about how different animals live?

Walk through the butterfly pavilion filled with tropical plants, as those colorful creatures fly all around you, or go back in time to Ancient Egypt where you can see mummies over 2000 years old!

Top tip for kids, you might want to make your first stop the first-floor Discovery Room, which is filled with creative hands-on exhibits "for children of all ages." Every now and then, the hall comes alive with animal sounds, all part of exhibit wizardry that helps make this a lifelike experience.

The National Museum of Natural History also features temporary exhibits that keep changing, meaning you can explore something new on your next visits!

A fascinating day out through the history of the planet in Washington DC, so are you ready to 

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free admission!

Children: Free admission!


Need a little extra help?

All of the Museum's exhibitions (including the Butterfly Pavilion) are accessible by wheelchair, and all public floors of the Museum can be reached by elevator. All theaters include wheelchair locations and companion seats. All Museum restrooms are accessible to those with mobility disabilities or in wheelchairs


When can we go?

Open daily from 10am - 5:30pm

Open every day of the year except Christmas Day


Any top tips?

When you arrive, check out what's happening at the museum that day, from live feedings, and highlight tours!

I’m Hungry!

The museum’s cafeteria (as of 2019) is being renovated, but a temporary cafeteria featuring sandwiches, salads, hot and cold drinks, and desserts is open on the second floor. Café Natural, located on the ground floor, features a limited menu that includes sandwiches, specialty coffees, ice cream, and homemade desserts! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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