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“If you can't see all the Museums; stop here”

Smithsonian Institution Building
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Small Group Tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Ranked #34 of 443 things to do in Washington DC
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Modesto, California
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“If you can't see all the Museums; stop here”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

The Smithsonian "Castle," as it is called, is a really wonderful old building. Just looking at it from the outside is a great experience. The architecture is so unique. Inside are displays from all the Smithsonian Museums plus the history of how the museums were started. We ate at the small restaurant/deli and it was very good lunch. There is a gift store and there are many places to just sit and rest while looking at wonderful displays. I enjoyed it as I could get a flavor of all the museums; especially the ones we just did not have the time to tour. And, as with all the Smithsonian Museums there is no charge to visit.

Visited June 2014
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 417 helpful votes
“start here”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

before you go wonder about the national mall's museums. you have to start here.
this is the epicenter for everything. once you see this small unique building, begin your journey to all of the others

Visited July 2014
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Dallas, Texas
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“Not a lot to see”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

This is the iconic building you usually see in pictures depicting the Smithsonian. There isn't much in this building for exhibits but it does have a nice gift shop with reasonable prices and is a good place to get info on all of the other museums.

Visited July 2014
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Schaumburg, Illinois
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35 reviews
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“Gotta start here”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

It's where it all began. Get the info you need to make the most of your smithsonian experience. Started us on the right path and made sure we had directions and times for all other blogs.

Visited July 2014
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Midland City, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Apparently closed right now”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

We went there wanting to see it, but it was locked up & apparently closed for construction & renovation. The exterior looks like a castle & is marvelous. I cannot wait to return & see what awaits us on the inside.

Visited July 2014
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