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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.
Great introduction into how the Smithsonian Institute came about. It was surprising to realise the founder had never even visited the USA! Good little mixture of artefacts that give you a better idea of what is in the main museums!
This was the ORIGINAL Smithsonian, a donation by a European in the 1800's and by providence made it to the US to create what became the foundation of an American institution. (For those of you who don't know, there is no single Smithsonian Museum, but...More
The Castle is beautiful. I was walking by and stopped in. There is a crypt with the remains of James Smithson founder of the Smithsonian institute in one of the rooms, as well as a bronze bust of him. It is a great building and...More
The Castle, as it is known, is the starting place for all the Smithsonian museums. although small, it contains an ever rotating collection of artifacts that come from the endless supply warehouses of history.
There was a collection of 4 incredible helmets worn by historic...More
This is such a cool place, with a lot more to look at than you expect. The Smithsonian is actually several buildings all tied together in a complex but be sure and explore every area, because its all very interesting.
There is nothing to really see at the Smithsonian Institution Building other than a few displays, a small gift shop and café, as the main purpose is to house the administrative offices and an information center. If you do not have much time in DC,...More
On the National Mall all the buildings are strikingly different but this one looks out of place and should be a stately home in England, its worth a trip around the outside but also inside to see some of the ground floor items especially the...More
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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
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 a visitor center and information center. There are some exhibits and interactive stuff for small children. It is a pleasant diversion, but in my opinion not a main attraction.