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Smithsonian Institution Building

1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington DC, DC 20013-7012 (National Mall)
202 633 1000
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As featured in Washington DC on a budget
Ranked #11 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Museums, Zoos
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The world's largest museum and research complex is actually comprised of 15 specialty museums, and other affiliates, with subjects that vary from... more » Owner description: The world's largest museum and research complex is actually comprised of 15 specialty museums, and other affiliates, with subjects that vary from African Art to the postal service, sculpture to space exploration. « less
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great place to visit. Covers a lot of history in the news business. All major events covered. Spent the whole day at the Newseum.

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Sydney Australia
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

There is so much to see and do here, so much history. My sister spent ages in the civil war part, and you can easily spend two days if you're a true history buff. There is science, war history and a medical history as well. It's one of the best places in the US for history. You really need to... More

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NYC
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

My wife and I spent two days on only the Air & Space museum and the Museum of American History because there is so much to see...every trip to DC must include the Smithsonian.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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240 reviews 240 reviews
87 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Smithsonian building, also known as "The Castle," hosts a small introductory exhibition to all the Smithsonian offers, an information desk and a nice cafe for a quick meal. It is a useful first stop for those who have never been to all the Smithsonian museums before. In the Spring and Summer, don't miss the gardens behind the building. It's... More

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Guys Mills, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Not on the drop-down menu here, but this place is so well-done, it should be. Seeing the real Native American story and then seeing the George Washington movie at Mount Vernon the next day caused some mixed emotions. The movie showed how brave Geo. was slaughtering the French & Indians for England, before the Revolution. Why the disconnect? When did... More

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Pottstown
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

With seven museums to choose from, it is hard to decide which one to visit first. The variety and subject matters are great, the displays wonderful and vast. Plan on spending as much time here as possible. It is truly worth it. Not to mention, all museums are free of charge.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

there are presently 2 small but great special exhibitions Chigusa & Kiyochika Chigusa on the Art of the tea and Kiyochika on prints orginating at Japans transition to the modern world worthwhile for those interested in Japanese history and art

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New England
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The Smithsonian Building is one the the most iconic structures in DC. "The Castle" is a gorgeous building that has wonderful gardens and grounds, and too many things inside to list. A lot of the more delicate and interesting loaner items from around the world are displayed here. Put it on the list of things to see while you are... More

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

everything on anything you want to know about. There is a wonderful portrait gallery. I love to see people from different times. I saw dinosaurs and space craft as well as all the first lady's inaugural dresses. Actually very interesting in a similar way to the portrait gallery. Something for everyone!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

It is worth the time even if it is just to see the ruby red slippers and kermit the frog and Julia Childs kitchen!!

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