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Smithsonian Institution Building

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Address: 1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0008
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+1 202-633-1000
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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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Beautiful Building

The building is beautiful! It is worth a stop to take a look at the architecture and enjoy a wonderful old building. Employees are all very friendly and helpful and willing to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
love2gonyc
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North Bellmore, New York
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Known as the Castle, this building does not offer nearly as much to see as any of the others. This was the first and you figure there would be more to it but there isn't. They do have a wealth of information about the other Smithsonians and there is an interactive map in the middle of the room to help... More 

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Atlanta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The building is beautiful! It is worth a stop to take a look at the architecture and enjoy a wonderful old building. Employees are all very friendly and helpful and willing to provide advice about the area.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our visit and were surprised by the low prices in the gift store. The restaurant on the other had was very high. Everyone was welcoming and friendly.

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had to stop by here on our road trip,this place doesn't have the range of exhibits that many of the others in the area have,but the building inside and out is an exhibit in itself,very interesting to find out that that an Englishman started it all way back in the day,being Brits ourselves made it so much more interesting. Lovely... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An otherwise enjoyable experience spoilt by lack of a decent cafe after walking for hours. What a shame, a missed opportunity for somebody enterprising.

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Crestview, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is worth the time to stop at the Smithsonian Institute building and visitor center. You can get a great overview of all the different types of museums they support and they have excellent visitor information attendants. The side gallery has a huge vaulted room that looks like the inside of a cathedral. There are many historical artifacts here that... More 

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Panglao Island, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the more interesting facades in the national mall complex, it looks like a gregorian church of sort.

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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

our special place in DC, we definitely can say this is our favorite museum in the whole world. good for kiddos.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is beautiful inside & out! Walk around inside! See the displays, the huge peacock was cool to see. We enjoyed walking around inside!

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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a building that we weren't aware of until our last visit. It is full of fantastic information and gives you the story of how this museum was started - funding from a British scientist. The staff was helpful and even though the crowds were big the day we visited, and it was raining, we had a delightful and... More 

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