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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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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Plan three days to see all of America's Attic

Overwhelming collection of everything American. Family friendly for a cursory visit. Intense immersion for the serious historian.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Overwhelming collection of everything American. Family friendly for a cursory visit. Intense immersion for the serious historian.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The history of this building makes it worth checking out. It had a display of seemingly random items that show what their other museums have to see. It was a busy building with a lot of families there.

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Connolly, Clare, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Interesting place to visit, unusual to see this castle like building in Washington and hear the story behind its history

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was the original Smithsonian museum when the gift from the Smithson estate started it all. It now has exhibits sampling the other freestanding museums as part of the visitors center for all of the Smithsonians. You can also tour the castle at 9 am and 11:30 am, but I missed it. There are visual and Braille maps of all... More 

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New Port Richey, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is known as the castle and is the Smithsonian welcome center where Smithson is buried, the building and beginning of the Smithsonian is very interesting. We also did the tour of the garden which was a surprisingly great tour lots of history about the replacement of the garden and what is underneath.

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful Architecture.. definitively describes the Castle. A wonderful location to start your day at because it opens 1.5 hours before any of the other museums at 8:30 am. The information center will help you get your day organized (although you really need more than one day!) The displays were on par with the other Smithsonian Museums. It is truly a... More 

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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful architecture! Excellent exhibits! Beautiful gardens! The Castle provides a lovely introduction the Smithsonian Institute. Very glad we made time to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an odd castle in the middle of the concrete jungle. The information desk is very informative. It was also in the movie Night at the Museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this building it is truly beautiful. Inside there a re some really cool exhibits worth visiting.

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Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Take your time to go see the Smithsonian!Pick you travel course and make sure you have a map of the Institution.

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