The Smithsonian museums are such a staple of DC tourism, and I love being able to pop into the city for a fun and educational adventure with the kids, especially on a rainy afternoon. Today we had a great time visiting the Smithsonian Muesum of Natural History! Although the large dinosaur exhibit won’t be open until 2019, they do have an smaller exhibit open featuring a T-Rex and Triceratops, along with other fossils. My kids loved the IMAX 3D movie “Dinosaurs Alive!”.
I especially love that the exhibits are always changing! The Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards is a must see, as is the Eternal Life of Ancient Egypt.
You can definitely spend an entire day at the Natural History Museum, so make sure everyone is wearing comfy shoes!
Know Before You Go:
- The Museum is stroller friendly.
- No food or drink is allowed to be brought in to the museum, with the exception of water. Don’t worry, the food they serve is actually good though!
- Admission is free!
- Wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served bases at no charge. There are no strollers available for rent.
- I always recommend parking at the Ronald Regan Building when visiting the mall, as it is close to everything. Free valet is available when the lot is full, so don’t forget to bring some cash for a tip.
- There is a large food court with lots of options for everyone, even natural and healthy selections!
- The Butterfly Pavilion is FREE on Tuesdays (normally Adults $6 Seniors $5.50 (60+) Children $5 (2 to 12) Members $5).