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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 #18 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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La Vergne, Tennessee
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This museum was a lot of fun to explore and see the exibits. I was amazed at the "Castle" look of the building and how beautiful it was.

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Modesto, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The Smithsonian "Castle," as it is called, is a really wonderful old building. Just looking at it from the outside is a great experience. The architecture is so unique. Inside are displays from all the Smithsonian Museums plus the history of how the museums were started. We ate at the small restaurant/deli and it was very good lunch. There is... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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63 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

before you go wonder about the national mall's museums. you have to start here. this is the epicenter for everything. once you see this small unique building, begin your journey to all of the others

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Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is the iconic building you usually see in pictures depicting the Smithsonian. There isn't much in this building for exhibits but it does have a nice gift shop with reasonable prices and is a good place to get info on all of the other museums.

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It's where it all began. Get the info you need to make the most of your smithsonian experience. Started us on the right path and made sure we had directions and times for all other blogs.

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Midland City, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We went there wanting to see it, but it was locked up & apparently closed for construction & renovation. The exterior looks like a castle & is marvelous. I cannot wait to return & see what awaits us on the inside.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We call it a Castle. It was amazing to see the building, it is huge and beautiful, with so much history inside of it. The entire Smithsonian area is fantastic. It would takes days to see it all, well. Everyone has said over the years, you have to go to the Smithsonian. I had no idea, really, what to expect.... More

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so IN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

really just a pit stop to look at architecture and get some overpriced food drinks and trinkets. free wifi was a plus.

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Gardner, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Great from the outside, reminds me of a Castle and as lots of ambiance. Part of the Smithsonian Museums.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Must-see museums in DC. Spend a day or two visiting them with your family.You won't regret it. Tickets are sold at every museum.

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