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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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Beautiful Building and Grounds

While there wasn't alot of interesting things inside of the building, I found the trip planning tools for DC to be useful. They have beautiful gardens.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Claremont, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

While there wasn't alot of interesting things inside of the building, I found the trip planning tools for DC to be useful. They have beautiful gardens.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I could not find on here a review area for the air and space, so i assume this is it. We went here because my husband loves this stuff but i must say as the free tour got underway i really enjoyed it

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

You must go through a security check point which caused some delay in entry, but not much. They have full-scale replicas on the sites in DC. I give it a 4 instead of 5 stars because it seemed that the workers were somewhat more interested in speaking with each other than with helping guests.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We went to the Smithsonian after the WWII Flyover. We viewed the artifacts and saw what the Smithsonian offers. Very comprehensive and interesting. We were a little disappointed that the museum that contains the industrial machines (locomotives, etc.) was closed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I would highly suggest making this your first stop before starting out to visit the area. There are many tools available to map out your routes and you can get an overall view of everything. The staff was very nice and helpful and the building itself if quite remarkable. There is a cafe (pricey) that has light fare to grab... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The museum is okay - okay, however, the value of visiting it lies in: 1- You can get a lot of info about other museums located on The Mall at one place. 2- If you are not a 'museum type', instead of visiting all museums, you can have glimpse of other museums at one place. 3- The building in itself... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The Smithsonian Institution Building is a great place to start your visit to DC. Once you get inside, there is a cafe, giftshop, bathroom and information about all of the museums and places to visit in DC. Each visit I've made to DC, I have gone here first and they help me plan out which museums to visit, and had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I've been coming here since grade school field trips. I was never bored, and looked forward to each return. It would take many days to completely view everything in every part of this museum, which includes many separate buildings. Natural History building is my favorite.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

was our first entrance to the mall and decided what else to visit from there. a good starting experience

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The Castle is a great first stop on the Mall if you are not a great planner. There is little there but a couple of interactive kiosks that help you plan your visit to the other Smithsonian Museums. Even if you plan, this could give a good idea if you planned well but want to see if the plan is... More 

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