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“Castle is Small” 3 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 249 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 young children, Activities for older children
Orange County, CA
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“Castle is Small”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The Castle was small and the main part I wanted to see - The stained glass windows - was closed. There was a very small specialty display (at the time I visited it was souvenirs collected from historical moments) in a dark room. The main open area had an information desk for all the larger Smithsonian Museums and a "Museum Gift Shop" type of area. I expected more from this building as it is so impressive from the outside with it's beautiful gardens and castle appearance.

Visited September 2013
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“Impressive displays”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

An array of amazing and impressive treasures from all manner of places, things and people. Go see if you have the chance, it will not disappoint.

Visited September 2013
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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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“Ok and small.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We visited the castle on our way from the Holocaust Museum. The building is Ok. The gardens are beautiful though. This building also houses the African Art Museum...Maybe I am just not a fan of castles.

Visited October 2013
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“The Castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I was really impressed with the Smithsonian, and I didn't know there so many building of the Smithsonian Institute. I am physical challenged at times do to an injury, and I was being bother when there. These wonderful staff saw to it I had a experience I would never forget there.

Visited May 2013
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“If your in DC, you have to stop here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

This is another example of awesome architecture and deep American history. All of the Smithsonian museums bring Americans closer to our history and what makes a America proud.

Visited October 2013
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