National Museum of Natural History

Off to the National Museum of Natural History in Washington? See our insider advice for a queue-free visit as well as opening times and phone numbers!

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Our tips

Our tips

Choose Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday for a crowd-less experience.

September and February are the least popular months, just come on a weekday, and you won’t be bothered by crowds at all!

The busiest period is from mid-May to the end of July, try to avoid coming on these dates.

Saturday is the busiest day (both in high and low season).

During bank and school holidays the number of visitors doubles.

The Museum is really big, so don’t plan to do it quickly, you’ll need at least 3 hours to see the essential exhibits.

Smithsonian Natural History Photo credits to woodleywonderworks via Flickr

Opening hours and tickets

The entrance is free.

The Museum is open every day from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, with extended hours during summer (closes at 7:30 pm).

Closed on 25th of December.

Contact number

Museum's Information Desk +1 (0) 202-633-1000

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