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Smithsonian Institution Building

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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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1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0008
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

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!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Travelnikk
Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank royalvagabond
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Patty B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the time and the best starting place for the before you go to the other museum locations. Great history on the starting point.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ronald C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank CharleySays
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank ladybrady007
Reviewed 8 November 2018

Interesting Museum but the best way to experience "The Castle" is with the guided tour. It is so much more informative this way. The story of James Smithson is quite amazing.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Taowalker221b
Reviewed 27 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank digitalroc
Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

A place dedicated to learning but still interesting! Walking through the place makes you feel smarter than normal. They check bags at the door for safety so maybe avoid bringing one.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Maakusu
Reviewed 21 October 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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27 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
Kimberly H
8 January 2017|
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Response from samir b |
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!
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