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“Great place to visit” 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 #18 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
La Vergne, Tennessee
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“Great place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This museum was a lot of fun to explore and see the exibits. I was amazed at the "Castle" look of the building and how beautiful it was.

Visited December 2013
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Modesto, California
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“If you can't see all the Museums; stop here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The Smithsonian "Castle," as it is called, is a really wonderful old building. Just looking at it from the outside is a great experience. The architecture is so unique. Inside are displays from all the Smithsonian Museums plus the history of how the museums were started. We ate at the small restaurant/deli and it was very good lunch. There is a gift store and there are many places to just sit and rest while looking at wonderful displays. I enjoyed it as I could get a flavor of all the museums; especially the ones we just did not have the time to tour. And, as with all the Smithsonian Museums there is no charge to visit.

Visited June 2014
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“start here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

before you go wonder about the national mall's museums. you have to start here.
this is the epicenter for everything. once you see this small unique building, begin your journey to all of the others

Visited July 2014
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Dallas, Texas
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“Not a lot to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is the iconic building you usually see in pictures depicting the Smithsonian. There isn't much in this building for exhibits but it does have a nice gift shop with reasonable prices and is a good place to get info on all of the other museums.

Visited July 2014
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Schaumburg, Illinois
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“Gotta start here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It's where it all began. Get the info you need to make the most of your smithsonian experience. Started us on the right path and made sure we had directions and times for all other blogs.

Visited July 2014
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