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Washington D.C. Day 2: Natural History Museum

What to expect when you visit the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington D.C. A sample of what you’ll see, what to expect, timing, and cost!

Natural History Museum Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. Day 2

Location: Natural History Museum, Washington D.C. 

Cost: Free 

Time: Plan 2-4 Hours- Depending on how much you want to see


We are big museum fans, particularly the ones that are done exceptionally well. One of the best parts of D.C. is visiting the Smithsonian Museums with some of the most interesting pieces of history, cultures, and people- and all for free! 

Our first museum was the Natural History Museum. 

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

We were so excited to select which Smithsonian museums we could fit in during our Washington D.C. getaway. We are both huge science fans, and we knew the Museum of Natural History was at the top of our list!

What to Expect

You’ll see zoology, dinosaur bones and history, the history of the ocean, and many elements of human civilizations and cultures.

It was really cool to see some very ancient fossils, bones of various creatures, and to read the scientific evidence telling the story of each.





A surprising favorite? Seeing how the human body has adapted over time to various climates, elements, and through natural selection. And now I know what’s happening to my body adapting to the Arizona heat!

The Museum of Natural History is huge! You could easily spend all day just at this museum. I was a little sad how quickly we needed to hurry through during our short trip. We said time and time again that one day we’d return with children and make a whole week out of a trip. It would be so fun to get to spend an entire day at each location!

Smithsonian Natural History Museum

There were lots of unexpected delightful things to see. Seeing the Hope Diamond was really impressive too!

The Hope Diamond


The Hope Diamond Exhibit


Smithsonian Natural History Museum Washington D.C.

When we hit the top floor we were pleased to see two of my favorite things to study while in elementary school- mummies and dinosaurs! I loved seeing all these, and loved seeing all the families teaching their kids about these things too!

Mummy Science: Natural History Museum


Mummies of The Natural History Museum


Mummies at the Natural History Museum


Natural History Museum Dinosaur Exhibit


Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum

Verdict: Great museum! We only wish we’d study the layout better to cover it faster and spend more time on the things we enjoyed most.

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