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National Museum of Natural History

10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560
Hall of Dinosaurs

Hall of Dinosaurs at the National Museum of Natural History.

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The National Museum of Natural History is administered by the Smithsonian Institution and located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. In 2016, with 7.1 million visitors, it was the most-visited natural-history museum in the world. The museum's collections contain over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts.

The Hall of Dinosaurs has fossilized skeletons and cast models, including Tyrannosaurus rex cast facing a Triceratops cast. The Triceratops exhibit shows the first accurate dinosaur skeleton in virtual motion, achieved through the use of scanning and digital technology." The O. Orkin Insect Zoo features live insects and exhibits about insects and entomologists. The museum has the largest collection of vertebrate specimens in the world, including historically important collections from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Sant Ocean Hall includes 674 marine specimens and models drawn from the over 80 million specimens in the museum's total collection. The collection includes: a coelenterate-long North Atlantic Right Whale, a 1,500-gallon aquarium, one female giant squid displayed in the center of the hall and a male displayed off to the side, an adult coelenterate, and a Basilosaurus. The giant squid inspired the octopus that comes to life in the film "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian."

The museum has free admission and is open 364 days a year.

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