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Smithsonian Institution Building

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Neighborhood: National Mall
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Address: 1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington DC, DC 20013-7012
Phone Number: 202 633 1000
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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The world's largest museum and research complex is actually comprised of 19...

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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Go to every museum you can because each new museum is a new enigma.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2012
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Boise, Idaho
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Go to every museum you can because each new museum is a new enigma.

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Boise, ID
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

I visited every Smithsonian I could while in DC. I try to get there every time I visit. What a great collection of history. Some of the exhibits will just blow your mind. Certainly worth the hours spent

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We went into the American History Museum and has changed since I was last there many years ago. I really enjoyed the First Ladies Exhibit and the House Exhibit from Ipswich Mass.

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Centennial, Colorado
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Dont miss this national treasure on the Washington Mall. There is truly something for everyone among the 19 museums and galleries. Admission is free to all, but you will pay hefty prices for a meal should you choose to eat in one of the several restaurants inside some of the museums. It is impossible to see everything in one day,... More 

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virginia beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

horse nation, national gallery of art and the impressionist exhibit

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Loved the building and all the exhibits. The older art museum was incredible. EVERYTHING in Washington is under renovation around the Mall so be prepared.

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Thank ATLkams
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We spent a good 4 hours and only made it through one level! Too interesting to pass anything up

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Great for kids and adults. Not as extensive as I would like....but still, nicely done. Lots of interactive games. Although I went with 3 other adults, we noticed that kids stayed a long time and played with most of the games. For the adults, it was interesting to see the amazing progression of games over the last 40 years. Interviews... More 

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lancaster, uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

it was well planned and easy to find what you wanted to visit. Loved the section showing the history of a house.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

I love to go to DC and be able to see all these historical things for free. I would love to go to DC about twice a year so I could ahve the time to see everything in the place. Time is limited so a quick jouiney through is not enough time wish I could stay all day

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