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Smithsonian Institution Building

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Neighborhood: National Mall
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Address: 1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington DC, DC 20013-7012
Phone Number: 202 633 1000
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8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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Beautiful architecture

What an amazing building. Though I have to say that beautiful architecture is a real feature of Washington DC as a whole.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Malton, United Kingdom

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Malton, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What an amazing building. Though I have to say that beautiful architecture is a real feature of Washington DC as a whole.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thus building which looks like a castle is more beautiful than resourceful. There were some resources there but nothing really that you couldn’t find online about closing times etc… The café was pretty good but other than just being beautiful, there’s not much else to do here.

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Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved this Memorial ~ Worth Seeing and Learning about the ! If you are here don't forget to see this one and learn something new! Amazing Structure of this building! Pictures does not do justice! you must visit

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Boonton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 417 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) is a lovely building to look at. It is home to the Smithsonian Information Center as well as the Institution's administrative headquarters. I recommend it as your first stop as it will give you the information you need to help decide which Smithsonian buildings to visit.

Wiscasset, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Me and my fiancee checked out pretty much all of the museums in Washington DC on our trip across the country. These museums are all free and a great place to take kids. I highly recommend if your ever planning a trip through here! I will be back when my children are older.

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Long Beach, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building is beautiful and worth a visit, but don't expect great treasures inside. It is used as an information center primarily. It houses a small cafeteria, so it is beautiful spot to grab a cup of coffee and plan where to go next.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We popped in to see the historic building. A small snapshot of the Smithsonian collections from all the museums aerial on display, The remains of the founder are also housed here. Gardens, even in winter were beautiful.

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Eastern Sierra, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stop in to the Castle to get some history of the institution and view myriad items from the vast collection.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had not been in the castle for a number of years and decided to see what changes were made in the interim. We hardly recognized the place. Besides housing the visitor information center and administrative offices, the Castle has a number of permanent exhibits. There is an interactive model in the Great Hall showing the location of each museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

The lobby area of the "Castle" is a great stop for those visiting the Smithsonian sites. There are information kiosks with well-informed and helpful staff, a cafeteria, and a gift shop. There are good bathrooms and nice places to set a spell! They have a couple large 3D maps of the Mall which are neat, including one that has screens... More 

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