The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is a timeless classic site that visitors and Virginians alike should frequently visit. The free museum, with the help of professional curators, has made this national exhibit a great place for historians, children, and just the general public to enjoy themselves.

The first floor presents an accomplished array of first impressions. Upon entering the museum, you will be greeted by the famous African Elephant (pictured below). Other exhibits include “Orchids- A View from the East”, The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef, “African Voices”, The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins, The Dinosaurs/Hall of Paleobiology, The Fossilab, and The Sant Ocean Hall. A kid friendly place for younger visitors is the Discovery Room where museum instructors allow the public to discover history using interactive objects and hands on activities. This personal empiricism is great for learning through self-guidance and pacing.

The Second floor of the museum includes the Hope Diamond, an exhibit on Cyprus, the Butterfly House, The Carmen Lucia Ruby, The Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals, the Korea Gallery, the Osteology Hall of Bones, an exhibit on Reptiles and Amphibians, and the The O. Orkin Insect Zoo.

The museum is located at the intersection of 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW in Washington DC. It is open 364 days a year from 10 AM to 5:30 PM normally.


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