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Established in 1910, the National Museum of Natural History is dedicated to understanding the natural world and our place in it. Having grown by leaps and bounds since its inception, today its current collections comprise 125 million specimens of animals, plants, minerals, fossils, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts. No wonder it's the second most popular museum in Washington, D.C.
Here you'll find three floors of museum fun. A sure hit with the kids, the museum shines best with its exhibits of past animal life, making it one of the great natural history exhibits in the world. Two of my favorites are the Dinosaurs Exhibit and the Hall of Mammals. The Dinosaurs Exhibit represents one of the largest dinosaur fossil collections in the world. The Hall of Mammals showcases stuffed mammals from all reaches of the planet, some of which were acquired from former president Theodore Roosevelt's personal collection.
The museum's attractions go on and on, here's a laundry list: Dinosaurs, Ancient Seas, Fossil Lab, Fossil Mammals, Fossil Plants, Early Life, Ice Age, African Cultures, Asian Cultures, Pacific Cultures, Hall of Mammals, Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals, Orkin Insect Zoo, Reptiles, Bones, South America: Continent and Culture, Western Cultures, Squid, and Birds of D.C.
Wow! Now that's an impressive list! See anything that interests you? Well, since my time is limited, I'll only have time to check out the past animal life exhibits, the Hall of Mammals, and the Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals. Still interested in taking the tour? If so, come on with me, the tour is now in full swing!
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