National Museum of Natural History

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by scorn mediocrity on July 15, 2005

I remembered that when I visited Washington as a young child, the Museum of Natural History was my favorite of all the Smithsonian’s my parents dragged us to. I was amazed to look up at the huge model animals and gaze in wonder at the dinosaur bones. I got a kick out of watching the children and reminiscing as I saw their curious faces, along with their tired and stressed parents. However, I have to say that people-watching was probably the most entertaining part of my visit. I couldn't seem to find much more that was particularly memorable.

Of course, I visited the Hope Diamond, although I didn't try and push through the huge crowd to see it up close, but there's not a whole lot to study about a big blue rock. I went to see the dinos and the other big exhibits, but it felt to me that the majority of the museum was simply filler for a few popular items. Of course, there was quite a bit of construction going on, but most of the galleries were open. I guess everything really does seem a lot bigger when you're a kid. Perhaps I had simply visited too many other natural history museums with other approaches. At least I can say that I learned the average height of an Egyptian woman in 500 BC.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC
(202) 633-1000

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