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Hi loves!  I hope you all had a great fourth of July weekend.  We are back today with day four of our dc travel diary.  We decided to hit the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.  We had also planned to hit a few of the other museums on this day, because everyone we spoke with, told us we would only spend about two hours at each museum.  If you quickly move through the exhibits, then I would say it would take about two hours.  If you actually want to take everything in and explore, then allot for at least half of the day.

The deets:

Located on 10th street & Constitution Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20560

Phone: 202.633.1000

Open everyday except Christmas day from 10AM to 5:30.  Check here for extended hours on certain days.

The museum has some decent eating locations, so you don’t have to leave and come back.

  • Atrium Cafe- cafeteria style
  • Cafe Natural- deli style

I would suggest arriving 30 minutes before the museum opens, because the lines start to build rather quickly with the security check points that you have to go through.


Family selfie upon entrance!


We all know this infamous elephant from Night at the Museum!

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The first part of the museum was dedicated to some photography!  We love penguins and of course had to represent Oregon!

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This was probably one of the coolest things we saw at the museum.  This gentlemen actually draws the bones free hand.


Live butterfly exhibit

Butterfly Pavilion

Take a stroll among live butterflies and exotic plants! Located adjacent to Partners in Evolution, this tropical oasis offers visitors a rare opportunity to get close to a variety of living butterflies from all over the world.

Loveeed this exhibit!  My daughters absolutely loved all the butterflies flying around and on certain occasions landing on us.  This is a fee based exhibit:

Price per ticket:
Adults $6
Seniors $5.50 (60+)
Children $5 (2 to 12)
Members $5 (available by phone or at box office)

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**Tip:  If you go on Tuesdays, you can get free tickets into the Butterfly Pavilion.  Live butterfly experience.  Tickets are limited, so be sure to get there early or right after lunch for the afternoon ticket release**

Eternal life in ancient egypt exhibit

Diamonds are a girls best friend


The lovely hope diamond.  It was really hard to get a decent picture of the diamond, because the diamond was surrounded.


Some of the stones and gems exhibit

We are ending our day at the museum with some animal kingdom fun! We really loved this museum.  Again, we over planned our trip and didn’t get in everything we wanted to do on this day, but it was well worth it and a learning experience!  If you have been DC, what are your tourist must sees?