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Smithsonian Institution Building

Address: 1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington DC, DC 20013-7012 (National Mall)
Phone Number: 202 633 1000
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Ranked #19 of 187 Activities in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Owner description: The world's largest museum and research complex is actually comprised...
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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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Pikeville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This is not a huge place like the others but is very important as it has the founder and sole reason of the Smithsonian Institute embodied here. It also has an area to plan your trip so as to not waste time just walking around looking at the tourist maps.

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Hollywood, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We actually ran inside for refuge from the cold weather and were delighted to find a nice little cafe inside with great food, hot soup, and beautiful grounds.

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This is a wonderful place to visit for all family members.. My daughter and I especially enjoyed the diamond and gem collections.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Somehow, I always imagined and connected the notion of Smithsonian with something from the previous centuries in the past of America. I even went in my thoughts far back to the middle age. And we were really surprised, to have seen such wonderful structure as this castle in the National Mall, just across the National Museum of Natural History. And... More 

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New York
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Your visit has to star here, they'll give you a survival guide to the museums and give you tips where to start depending on your tastes, and also as this building is a real castle you cannot miss taking a look inside.

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San Diego
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

A good place to stop for the restroom or to ask questions regarding the other museums. There's also a small shopping area inside. Unfortunately, not all of the employees are as knowledgeable as others, and we ended up with some misinformation.

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Perth
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Nice to pass by but not a lot inside. Unfortunately it's not quite as beautiful in winter but still pretty spectacular!!

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Brisbane
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This castle like building looks great on the approach but once your inside there is very little. A bit of history on the Smithsonian, information on the many other locations but little else.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This when you want to take a short trip to the past and enjoy a nice walk. Staff are very nice, bathrooms are very clean. And it is one of those things that you can do on a short budget it is free.

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Florence
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

What I like about this building is that it has a room that shows you a sample of all the different building and helps push you where you want to go. It's awesome that it's free too. Gift shop over priced.

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