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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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Excellent Gardens to enjoy a leisurely lunch

Possibly one of the most expensive sandwich lunches on our US trip served by not the happiest of staff either from the counter or behind the till however the gardens and gallery... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Northwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Possibly one of the most expensive sandwich lunches on our US trip served by not the happiest of staff either from the counter or behind the till however the gardens and gallery are excellent. We ate in the gardens still full of blossom on a sunny April afternoon whilst the world went by - the guard was one of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We stopped here during a cold spell to stay warm and were glad we did. Its the original building in the Smithsonian, whe it all started. We were impressed to learn the history of Mr. Smithson. Its relatively small and has only a few attraction but if you want to learn about the history of the Smithsonia, its worth a... More 

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Anniston, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Beautiful exhibitions - and don't forget the extraordinary Freer nearby! Certainly worth a taxi ride and there's a lot else to see, including lovley garden.

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Livonia, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Take the time to explore the Haupt Garden behind the Castle. We were there when the trees were in bloom. It was a pleasant surprise.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

The architecture is a combination of Gothic and romanesque style. It is a large building. I was a little bit disappointed of what was inside, but I liked the gardens and the richness of plantations that are growing there. There are extremely well maintained.

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Timmins, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Lovely architecture and interesting displays but food is very expensive if you grab a bite to eat in the restaurant. Lots of excellent Smithsonian museums in the vicinity to visit. Well worth it.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

The main Smithsonian Building has some flyers, the expensive airport-type food, lunch tables, restrooms and a small gift shop. While we did need a place to stop, rest and have lunch and this is the only option in the area, so tourists are stuck. On the good side, everything was relatively clean. The lunch tables are shoved into one side... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Was very surprised with the lovely architecture inside. All of the rooms are special and worth spending an hour wandering around. The gardens were beautiful with the flowering magnolia and cherry trees

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Meaningful place; lots of heritage items to see, especially if you are into American history. The kids had a ride in one of the Simulators, at $7.00 each, that wasn't too bad.

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Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I recently discovered the beautiful garden donated to the memory of those birds that WE caused to be extinct: the Carolina parakeet, etc. the entrance to another hidden gem is at the back side of the garden, the African Art museum. Don't miss either of these small treasures.

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