Part of the Smithsonian Institution in the National Mall, the National Museum of Natural History is a museum that tells the story of life on this planet, from its beginning.
Its most notable part is the Rotunda, with its giant statue of the African elephant. The only part that would remain the same over the years, and the first part that one would see if entering the museum from the National Mall side.
From there, where do I begin? There is just so much to see in this museum, so there is no point in trying to see it all in one visit. One could spend an entire day in the museum, and only be able to scratch the surface. So you would have to pick and choose which ones that interest you the most, and add more if interested and still have energy in seeing more.
Some of the highlights for me, included seeing the Korea Gallery (displays on Korean culture), Hope Diamond, and Hall of Mammals (stuffed animals, organized by region). There is even a display of white rhinoceros that was shot by Theodore Roosevelt. And there may be some temporary exhibitions which are really interesting as well. When I was there, there were very impressive photo galleries on wildlife, which I posted about, in the blog.
Other parts include an insect zoo, collection of Egyptian burial artifacts and a huge amount of skeletons. There is usually a room of dinosaur fossils, but most of them were not there when I was there, as it is currently being renovated. And so much more.
What can I say about this place? This museum is definitely worth a visit, as it is very extensive. And if coming during the summer months, definitely take advantage of the days when it remains open until 7:30 PM. Plus a very good place to spend time when the weather is not good outside. I think a natural history buff could spend a week in this place.
Admission is free, which just makes it even better. And gives you the chance to break up your visits into separate days.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.