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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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The Smithsonian Castle is at the heart of the Capital Mall district that includes famous museums (such as Aerospace) and lesser known ones such as the Ripley Center right next... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The Smithsonian Castle is at the heart of the Capital Mall district that includes famous museums (such as Aerospace) and lesser known ones such as the Ripley Center right next door to the castle where one can see interesting specialized exhibitions. Each Smithsonian building has art or artifacts relating to different themes and museum entrances are free. This is one... More 

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Hyattsville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

If you plan to be in Washington DC on July 4th, expect to be among the largest crowds in recent years. The fact that Independence Day is on the weekend this year, means waiting in long lines to get in the museums and local attractions. The smithsonian buildings are made up of a series of buildings so don't expect to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This place is unique and great and you can spend all day otherwhere. You can feel the atmosphere of brave people who started this nation. You will be proud to be american at this place. This place is great for social study or history lessons. You can enjoy to be otherwhere especially at the rainy day. Smithsonian Museum provides a... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Hard to believe your taxpayer dollars really did amount to something but have to admit, here it is. A giant mall of grass in front of our nation's capitol is the key to the fronts of the Smithsonians, for they are all open to our public to explore the grandeur of thought and circumstance that built our great country, just... More 

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Tampa, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Hoping those airplanes hanging from the ceilings are well anchored, we'd go back and still find many things we did not see the first few times! You can spend many days enjoying this museum.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

When in Washington DC, be sure to see the Smithsonian Museum(s). You will need a couple of days to see just a portion of it. However, it is well worth the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

The castle is a treasure all itself. The inside truly does feel like a castle when exploring the displays inside. Stop in because it is a unique place that is close to all the other museums.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I visited Washington during the winter and it was freezing cold. This didn't prevent me from walking around to see and visit the Smithsonian Building. The whole area is teeming with beautiful and imposing architecture, so it is definitely worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

All of the Smithsonian offerings are absolutely amazing venues. Be sure to plan plenty of time to be able to absorb everything, plus buy a few items in their gift store to help remember this historical trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Beautiful gardens and what magnificent arquitectura. We spent at least 1 hr just contemplating the garden seating on a bench under a lush tree, and watching people come in and out. Washington has many wonderful sites but few building quite like the Smithsonian.

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Additional Information about Smithsonian Institution Building

Address: Address: 1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington DC, DC 20013-7012
Phone Number: 202 633 1000
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > National Mall
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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