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Smithsonian Institution Building

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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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1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0008
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LOVED "the castle" - The Smithsonian Institution Building. Great first stop on your trip to get a snapshot of all the Smithsonian has to offer. Def play with the giant touchscreen!
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The red sandstone building that looks like a 12th-century Norman castle is home to the Smithsonian Visitors Center. It's also the perfect place to begin your Smithsonian Institution experience. Don’t miss James Smithson’s tomb just outside the north entrance of the Smithsonian
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It may be officially the Smithsonian Institution Building, but everyone calls it the Castle - even the brochures. This is a great first stop to get all your bearings, learn how the whole complex of museums came about, and start off somewhere that isn't crammed full with
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This is one of my three favorite buildings in Washington D.C. from an architectural standpoint. It is a beautiful building. Go inside and check out the series of photos taken from the fourth floor of the tower in 1863 then taken again in 2006. It was pretty cool seeing the
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Wasn't going to go in because of the bag search. Glad we did. There are tours but did not take. Avoided the overpriced and not having much Cafe. You can start here to get a map and information. The inside of the castle is beautiful Gothic splendor. Exhibits are there to give you
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