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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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Ranked #19 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Owner description: The world's largest museum and research complex is actually comprised...
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Type: Zoos, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Verona, Nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This is the original building built for the Smithsonian after James Smithson (a British scientist) donated the money to the US for for the increase and diffusion of knowledge. This is where it all started and now covers much of the mall and many other places in the US.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

If you want to see the Wright brothers aircraft or touch a piece of the moon or simply amaze at the feat of man in the air this is the museum you have to be. Most beautifully planned and a terrific exhibition of man's creations. Make sure you get out in time asI got a parking ticket of $100 for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 via mobile

Well, it's been a while since my visit to Smithsonian, to be honest, but I would still advice people who don't really have plenty of time to spend some more time visiting the main museums, instead the Smithsonian Castle. Not much to see inside of it and the other museums are spectacular. Except, of course, the Jacques-Louis Macie's crypt (known... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

There really is 2-4 days of attractions along the Smithsonian buildings. And there is something for everyone.

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McClure, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I am usually never disappointed with Smithsonian museums. There is construction though right now at the castle, so not as many displays. We still saw some neat stuff. It was fun. Only needed about 45 minutes, if that to see everything.

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Corning
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Had an opportunity to attend an evening event at this wonderful facilty. The memorable collections and atmosphere make this location truly special.

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East Lansing, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We stopped here in "The Castle" for information and a quick bite to eat in the tiny cafe area. It was the same food service as many of the other Smithsonian buildings. It is a nice quiet place to sit, however, and eat.

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TUCSON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The Smithsonian is an essential part of seeing our capitol. There is no fee and it is so full of history. It takes time but definitely worth it. Every time I go to Washington I visit the Smithsonian.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This "faux" castle, in "Gothic Revival" style, was the first Smithsonian building, and was finally completed in the mid 1850s, with some structural hiccups along the way - there was, apparently, a worrying collapse of partly completed work, in 1850. Even after its completion, it was further dogged by problems, including a major fire in 1865, which destroyed valuable manuscripts... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Just another amazing attraction in Washinton DC -You do not want to miss. It is an easy walk from the Monument Wall & so interesting Allow yourself enough time to enjoy

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