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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 253 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Beaufort, South Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The garden area at the Castile is well worth the walk. Many uncommon and perfectly maintained common garden decorative plants.

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South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The Smithsonian Institute Building is a gorgeous building and really stands out against the other buildings in the National Mall because of its colouring. The gardens outside the Smithsonian Institute building is beautiful. Inside the Smithsonian Institute building an overview of the Smithsonian is given as well as information on all the different attractions that are part of it. Definitely... More

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

TripAdvisor ranked 18 of 253 DC sites, this structure is constructed of Seneca sandstone in faux 12th Century combination of late Romanesque and Gothic motifs, and is nicknamed “the Castle.” In 1965, it was designated a National Historic Landmark. Indisputably the world’s largest museum complex is actually comprised of 15 specialty museums, and other affiliates, such as the Zoo. Though... More

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Cape Town
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Loved the Smithsonian museums, with the space museum being a highlight. There's a lot of information to absorb so plan which museums interest you most :)

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Monroe, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Very interesting stop along the Mall. The architecture and the items inside were very interesting. Beautiful old building.

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Kenton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Very neat old building to look at if you like the history of buildings. This is the primary location for information for the other Smithsonians.

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Bradenton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The building is affectionately called "The Castle" and is very neat looking. Take the time to go behind the building to see the lovely garden.

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Waterford Works, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The building was very beautiful. The main reason we stop here was to take pictures of the outside and to go in and eat. Pricey but good food.

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McLean, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I tell my visitors to forget the White House and the Capital and spend their time at the Smithsonian. The have buildings for Natural History, Science and Technology, Art, and others.

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Nottingham, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Smithsonian Air Space Museum became a shrine to us. Every time in the capital we spend few hours touring the exhibits and take photos then post it in Facebook. We been there several times through the years but the impact of artifacts and displayed airplanes and rockets still the same of owe feelings and pride of being citizens of... More

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