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Smithsonian Institution Building

1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0008
+1 202-633-1000
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The world's largest museum and research complex is actually comprised of 19 museums and the National Zoo, with subjects that vary from African Art to the postal service, sculpture to space exploration.
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  • Average7%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0008
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Inside, there's an exhibition on who Smithson was, and some very old pictures of Washington. It was interesting, but short (not even 20 minutes) and nothing out of this world. Go here to see the castle, the gardens, and only if you are in the...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Acts a kind of a preview to what the different Smithsonian museums have to offer, and tells some of the history of the Smithsonian. Worth spending an hour or two at least.

Thank yowsah1
Reviewed 2 days ago

Though not a muse alum which will take a great deal of time, a visit to the “castle” provides a quick and informative overview of the museums which make up the Smithsonian.

Thank Roadtripsters2015
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very cool, old building. Good for getting information on the museums. Good for getting a snack and rejuvenating. Interesting exhibits in the west gallery. Wish you could tour more of the building

Thank Kathy C
Reviewed 3 days ago

A building of beautiful architecture that explains how the “smithsonian”can to be. A small exhibit to display the variety of collections is on site and direct visitors to their museum(s) of greatest interest. Each collection so vast, only 2% is displayed in any of the...More

Thank lmardo
Reviewed 4 days ago

A great place to visit and I had not the time too see it all. You could spend a lot of time in here and never get bored of all you could learn in here! Very professional place, the best!

Thank Håkan B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is really neat and has a lot of thing to see in it. There is also a gift shop and a place to eat.

Thank Helen W
Reviewed 1 week ago

The "Castle" is a fascinating building and while it only houses a visitor center and gift shop it is worth visiting to understand the history and the development of the Smithsonian.

Thank A C R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great museum complex. This building called the castle is the start and currently used as a information booth, restrooms and small display.a good starting point to determine which of the 17 museums you which to go to first or a rest spot. Right in...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Smithsonian Castle housing the Smithsonian Institution has a large collection of artifacts from history, dating back to native american life before the gold rush. There are very interesting information boards about American Presidents and other historical persona.

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Eran R
28 August 2017|
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Response from bustertheboa | Reviewed this property |
You can see the entire Smithsonian Institution Building in an hour or two, in my opinion. Spend some time outside in the garden and admiring the architecture. Then see the exhibits inside. It isn't so much a museum as it is... More
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Kimberly H
9 January 2017|
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Yes. Check out tripplanner.si.edu, Smithsonian's newest tool that helps you plan a visit across all the museum's in DC. And all of Smithsonian's museum's in DC are free!
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Sheron J
19 September 2016|
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Response from kade1067 | Reviewed this property |
No cost to get in only if you want to see show
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