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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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Stunning Buildings & Exquisite Gardens

These buildings are so charming and the gardens are exquisite. You can spend a lot of time strolling through the galleries and gardens so bring comfortable walking shoes.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

These buildings are so charming and the gardens are exquisite. You can spend a lot of time strolling through the galleries and gardens so bring comfortable walking shoes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Great food! All the sandwiches were great and the food was affordable. The castle also has a good space to eat.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Very cool architecture on this building but there isn't much to see. There's a gift shop that has pretty much has everything else that the other Smithsonian's have and there isn't much as far as exhibits go. But great if you need some information about the Smithsonian's!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

One of the World's premier musuem complexes. Its actually a collection of buildings, not just one big one. so bring walking shoes!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Great place to learn about the Smithsonian History . Very nice architecture and they have done a good job up keeping the grounds here . They also have a wonderful garden in the rear .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Somewhat over-shadowed by the other dedicated Smithsonians but still worth a visit. Older building so I surmise this was why the A/C was not very good but not too bad on a July DC day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Ther is quite some interesting history behind how this building came to be here. The gardens are exquisite and there are some beautiful pieces of history inside. You really don't want to miss this one on your tour of DC.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This is definite must do when you go to Washington. It is so interesting working your way through the various galleries. The huge screen to view the space movie is just amazing. Take you time, leave plenty of time too, as there is so much to see. I will definitely be back.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Great building. Not much to see inside. If passing by, stop in to get information on and about the Smithsonian Institution, otherwise skip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Growing up haunting the halls of the various Smithsonian buildings, some of the newer modifications are a bit heartbreaking (replacing exhibits with cafeterias and giftshops) but this "nation's attic" will always enchant! No matter how often or rarely you go, there's always something new and exciting to see. My fantasy is to get locked in "the castle" overnight.

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Additional Information about Smithsonian Institution Building

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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