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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


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The National Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States. It has free admission and is open 364 days a year. In 2016, with 7.1 million visitors, it was the fourth most visited museum in the world and the most visited natural-history museum in the world. Opened in 1910, the museum on the National Mall was one of the first Smithsonian buildings constructed exclusively to hold the national collections and research facilities. The main building has an overall area of 1,500,000 square feet (140,000 m2) with 325,000 square feet (30,200 m2) of exhibition and public space and houses over 1,000 employees.The museum's collections contain over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts. It is also home to about 185 professional natural-history scientists—the largest group of scientists dedicated to the study of natural and cultural history in the world.


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Opening hours

  • domingo 10:00 - 17:30
  • lunes 10:00 - 17:30
  • martes 10:00 - 17:30
  • miércoles 10:00 - 17:30
  • jueves 10:00 - 17:30
  • viernes 10:00 - 17:30
  • sábado 10:00 - 17:30
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