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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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  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 15 November 2017

We saw some things we never expected to see. Displays change from time to time and the building is nicely laid out. Just remember, this is one of ten Smithsonian building. & more in DC and 2 in New York. All free so see them...More

1  Thank vlcnyc21
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

This is a beautiful building. If you're walking to the different memorials and towards the museums, it's a nice place to stop and rest. There is a ridiculously priced snack bar ($7 for two 12 ounce bottles of water) if you're hungry or thirsty.

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

being a person of great interest on how everything works and history you could spend a week here alone

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Unless your taking the tour expect to be underwhelmed. It has a small exhibit room where every smithsonian has a small display case up. It opens a half hour before the other smithsonian so if your not taking the tour I would recommend going there...More

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

There are so many Smithsonian museums so the sensible approach is to organise your interests and priorities with some expert advice. Very centrally located so easy to do this before wandering around aimlessly.

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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

We enjoy visiting the museums on the National Mall, and this was the first time we visited the Smithsonian Institution Building. It’s mostly a visitor center now, but there is a good-sized section on the history behind the Smithsonian Museums. The architecture and exhibits are...More

1  Thank Michael B
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Great starting point to explore the various sites. Good display to wet your interest. Friendly and very helpful staff.

1  Thank AAleR
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

This building sits closest to the National Mall, and is a great place to find a restroom (although, along with all the other buildings along there, you have to go through a metal detector to get in). We loved the members only restaurant that used...More

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Reviewed 22 October 2017 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 22 October 2017

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.

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Eran R
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
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Kimberly H
8 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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No cost to get in only if you want to see show
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