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Smithsonian Institution Building

1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0008
+1 202-633-1000
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0008
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Reviewed 5 days ago

So a big surprise for me was the cost of the museum. It was FREE. I guess all that tax money that gets taken out of our paychecks gives us something in return. The museums in the Smithsonian group are all well worth checking out....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We noticed the Smithsonian Institution Building which houses the visitor center while walking along the National Mall. The Castle architecture stands out and is fascinating. We walked inside but opted not to go through security since we had tickets to another museum. We did step...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose to begin our day in DC here for an introduction to the Smithsonian museums. It's a beautiful building and has several neat artifacts. There is also a kiosk where you can choose things interesting to you and they will map out a route...More

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Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

During our WDC conference, we visited all the major museums and Smithsonian building, their beautiful gardens. Love the photo booth by the entrance where you can take your photo consisting of their collection pieces in mosaic form and email back to you. It is great...More

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Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

.y husband and I visited Washington DC for the first time in March. The trip was from Saturday to Tuesday and that was not enough time. Most of it was spent in Smithsonian Museums including the Castle, Native American museum, Air & Space museum, African...More

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Reviewed April 29, 2018

Can't beat the price. So many museums and exhibits, so little time. Definitely an American gem. Great place.

Thank xcheck28
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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

Lots of resources for the museums can be acquired here. A few displays but not much else. Unfortunatly the tower was closed, our main reason for visiting.

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Reviewed April 13, 2018 via mobile

I stopped in at initially to see the building but then took advantage of the interactive museum planner. The planner asked my interests, provided me with highlights of all the Smithsonian museums and sent me an email with a route map. It took me 2...More

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Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

Looks like a castle! Beautiful garden just outside! Super expensive cafe. Interactive displays, a few historical items, great architecture.

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Reviewed April 6, 2018

Allow plenty of time to get around and be ready for crowds. All Smithsonian's are free so you only have to figure out parking. The building is cool but not a lot inside.

Thank Donovan C
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Eran R
August 27, 2017|
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Response from bustertheboa | Reviewed this property |
You can see the entire Smithsonian Institution Building in an hour or two, in my opinion. Spend some time outside in the garden and admiring the architecture. Then see the exhibits inside. It isn't so much a museum as it is... More
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Kimberly H
January 8, 2017|
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Yes. Check out tripplanner.si.edu, Smithsonian's newest tool that helps you plan a visit across all the museum's in DC. And all of Smithsonian's museum's in DC are free!
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Sheron J
September 19, 2016|
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Response from kade1067 | Reviewed this property |
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