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Smithsonian Institution Building

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Address: 1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0008
Phone Number: 202 633 1000
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8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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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The Smithsonian Castle is everything we expected it to be!

Beautiful and educational! The help here is wonderful! Their online site and smart phone application are extremely helpful! The gardens are lovely! The buildings are air... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful and educational! The help here is wonderful! Their online site and smart phone application are extremely helpful! The gardens are lovely! The buildings are air conditioned ( very helpful in August!)

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Beloit, WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were expecting more than a information counter and small sales area. Quite disappointed. What a bust.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful Building, surrounded by gardens. looks like an Ancestral Home or something that was kidnapped from Oxford UK. It looks old but is in pristine condition. The bricks look so bright and rich in colour. Beautiful!

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Newport, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great exhibits and lots of j refractive ones for kids. The theatre offers 3D movies about planet earth. Did not care for planet one! McDonald's attached and some baton market menu items but very pricey. Admission is free but movies about 10 person unless you get back to back tickets then you get discount. Plenty of taxis. Not far from... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Smithsonian Institution Building is also referred to as the Smithsonian Castle (free entry) and is a registered National Landmark building in the United States. Opening hours are 8.30am to 5.30pm daily. Opened in 1855, the Castle has one of the most interesting exteriors of any building along The Mall, being made of red sandstone and featuring an attractive blend... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The castle part was very nice with beautiful stuff, but it is important to see the rest of the complex that has amazing history in it. Highly recommend.

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Louisville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in to get info about all the museums and spoke with several very nice people who helped us plan our visits to the museums. Definitely will go back.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The gardens on this property was BREATH TAKENING! Had plenty places to take in the view of the gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Smithsonian with all its museums and all the exhibits it is an amazing world from nature to space from a beautiful zoo to art. And all for free. This is the main building and a possible starting point in the amazing adventure of discovering the Smithsonian marvels.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was interesting to see where it all began with the Smithsonian. There are old photos of the place and models of the National Mall. Not much else to see here, but worth popping in.

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