The Smithsonian, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities is considered the world’s largest museum and research complex. To visit one museum alone, you will spend a minimum of 2 hours. Of course it will be more if you’re planning to be very thorough during your visit. Since we have very limited time, we decided to just visit the National Museum of Natural History. It was great and very informative – at least for kids. It looked like a zoo where the animals are in a perpetual frozen pose. Having been to a Kenyan safari before where we saw some of these animals in their natural habitat, I was a bit disappointed. To see mostly stuffed animals in one of the must-see list in DC is not really my cup of tea. It would be highly enjoyed though by children.
The museum is open to public and costs no entrance fee. I was expecting a long queue to get in but it was an easy breezy entrance for us during the time that we visited. One of the main reasons why I wanted to visit this museum was to see the dinosaur hall which as luck would have it, is closed for a $48 million makeover and will not reopen until 2019. Maybe I should put it in my diary for 2019. 🙂
To compensate the lack of their famous dinosaur hall, they have created this wide screen experience of being among the dinosaurs. I must admit that it was quite fun. That’s the kid in me talking. 🙂