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“Huge and Old” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Smithsonian Institution Building

Smithsonian Institution Building
1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington DC, DC 20013-7012 (National Mall)
202 633 1000
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Ranked #15 of 248 attractions in Washington DC
Type: Museums, Zoos
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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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 African Art to the postal service, sculpture to space exploration.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Boston, MA
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
“Huge and Old”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

The red brick buildings are very easy to spot on the mall. This place is huge and has many parts so it's a good idea to go to the website first and find out what areas you want to focus on.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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“Beautiful building, but.....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

The castle was beautiful on the outside, but not much to see on the inside. I was expecting a little more of such a historical landmark.

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Fraser, Michigan
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“Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We loved the "Castle" and its surroundings. The gardens are beautiful. Many interesting displays and exhibits were available for free.

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Lancaster, California
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“Good place to see.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

I loved the Love the exhibits and really wanted to buy the Jackie Kennedy-Onassis blue brooch on sale there. Way to many things to see and so many wonderful things to see.

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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“Looks great on the outside”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

But I expected to see more on the inside. The crypt was the only interesting part inside the whole building. I feel they could have done a lot more with it, if they wanted to. There was only one small section on the history of photography, which was nice in itself. There was really nothing in there to accompany the grandeur of the building.

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