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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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Highly educational and fascinating

Just about everything you could ever wish to see from a technical, biological and scientific perspective all in one location, albeit spread over a few buildings, just so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Just about everything you could ever wish to see from a technical, biological and scientific perspective all in one location, albeit spread over a few buildings, just so educational for all ages

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

The building that originally housed the Smithsonian Institute has evolved into a welcome and information center, but I enjoyed seeing the old structure and the large crypt beside the entryway that holds the remains of Mr. Smithson - the man who founded the institute.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Very nice building and near her is very nice small garden, many flowers and trees. I recommend visit this garden.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I managed to accidentally find the best time to visit. The week before inauguration the town is almost deserted, and you get the whole Smithsonian pretty much to yourself. It's a whole different experience than being caught up in the crowd. (The dumb "when did you visit" drop down won't let you go back far enough)

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 747 helpful votes
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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Chicago, Illinois
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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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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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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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Washington, United States
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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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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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