National Museum of Natural History
- Type: Museums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Pegged as one of the world's best natural history museums — and there are some (New York, Chicago and London, for example) — the Smithsonian's brand attracts somewhere around seven million visitors a year. Don't miss the tarantula feedings in the O. Orkin Insect Zoo, or saying hello to the many years-extinct dinosaur bones in the Dinosaur Hall. You can also head to the IMAX Theater for a show, the Butterfly Pavilion for some fluttery fun with the flamboyant bugs, and the Discovery Room for some interactive fun for the kiddies.
Although the National Museum of Natural History is free, the IMAX and Butterfly Pavilion do charge a separate admission. This museum is most always crowded -- and with throngs of children -- but it's especially busy on summertime weekends. If at all possible, visit during the week to escape the masses.