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Smithsonian Institution Building

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Address: 1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington DC, DC 20013-7012
Phone Number: 202 633 1000
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The world's largest museum and research complex is actually comprised of...
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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Iconic Symbol of the Smithsonian

This iconic building is the Symbol of the Smithsonian Institute and this beautiful building is where it all started. Begin you tour of the various Smithsonian museums here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This iconic building is the Symbol of the Smithsonian Institute and this beautiful building is where it all started. Begin you tour of the various Smithsonian museums here.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is one of the finest museums in the world. The collections are vast and you can spend hours here exploring your pet interests.

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nj
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The beach exhibit was nothing more than a ball pit and the line (for the regular museum) was 1.5 hrs long!! Shame, there was real potential here...

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Westport, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

What dosent this museum have ? This place is so much fun and so educational. To go to Washington and not visit this place would be crazy ! steam engine Locomotive, Hope diamond, everything you can imagine is in these buildings. I went as a child and now bring my children. ths museum is so well stocked and laid out... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The Castle building as it is referred to is where the now sprawling Smithsonian museums started resulting from Smithson's ever so generous will. Passing away at an early age, Smithson was heirless and left his fortune to be used for research and education in the absence of an heir. Fortunately, it was well used and the castle was built with... More 

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Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Great place to start your Mall tour. The building architecture is beautiful and the old furniture inside is just gorgeous. There are examples of all the local Smithsonion museums.

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Torquay, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Worth a brief visit. Has a selection of impressive exhibits, but more impressive is the interior of the building itself.

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Nice information center and a focal point of what is available to see and do, but the garden behind is a nice treasure many do not see.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

There's not alot to see in this building, but it does include a cafeteria with a large amount of seating space. Most of the Smithsonian museums don't have food places...so this is a good place to break for lunch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Wanted to see inside but closses at 5-30 so was difficult on the two times we ventured into dc ,so just looked from the outside ,its called the castle as it has a few towers

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