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Video:Tips for Touring the National Museum of Natural History

with Heidi Dehncke-Fisher

The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. is must-see attraction. Get the most out of your trip to the capital and the National Museum of Natural History.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Touring the National Museum of Natural History

Hi. I’m Heidi Dehncke-Fisher a video journalist with About.com and I’m going to give you some tips for touring the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

This green domed museum on the National Mall opened in 1910 and houses more than 126 million specimens and artifacts. The museum is the size of 18 football fields and enjoys thousands of visits annually both in person and online.

The National Museum of Natural History Hosts a Variety of Exhibits

Two of the most profound permanent exhibits are The David. H. Koch Hall of Human Origins which tells the story of human evolution over 6 million years and The Sant Ocean Hall which highlights and explores marine life. Recent temporary exhibits have included a display of the Hope Diamond and Exploring the World of Butterflies.

Admission Varies in the Museum Depending on Guest and Features

Entering from the hall brings an astounding surprise as a giant African Elephant greets you. The first floor is filled with natural wonders from mammals to dinosaurs and The Ocean Hall with the Imax Theater in between. Shows cost extra. Smithsonian members get a discount while seniors pay eight dollars, Children are $7.50 and adults pay nine dollars for admission. Feature film screenings are more expensive. All tickets can be purchased online.

The ground floor houses the Atrium Café where the menu changes seasonally, the museum also offers the Fossile Café which features gourmet sandwiches and salads and the ice cream and espresso bar. The ground floor also contains the Baird Auditorium, museum store and restrooms.

The second floor offers exhibits like Gems and Minerals; Earth, Moon and Meteorites; another IMAX Theater; and an amazing collection of bones. And the view to the rotunda is spectacular. The Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History is one of the most prestigious of its kind in the world and many important government institutions donate resources.

The National Museum of Natural History is Located on the National Mall

The Museum is located at the intersection of 10th Street and Constitution Ave. NW and The museum is open every day of the year except December 25.Regular hours are 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Note: The Museum will extend its hours until 7:30 PM on certain dates.

Parking on the mall is limited and regulations are strictly enforced. Private garages are recommended as well as the use of public transportation. The nearest stop is The Smithsonian Station (mall exit) on the Blue and Orange line. And the D.C. Circulator bus offers a quick and convenient service to Smithsonian museums.

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