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Smithsonian Institution Building

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Address: 1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington DC, DC 20013-7012
Phone Number: 202 633 1000
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Fit for history lovers.

This century-old building houses the crypt of James Smithson, founder of The Smithsonian Museum. His body was originally buried in Italy but was later transferred to where it is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I thought there was a specific item here so we stopped in to see it. It was at a different location. If this is on your way I'd stop in just to see the 3D map they have of DC and to see the really interesting history of the Smithsonian. This place is really small so it's easy to stop... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This century-old building houses the crypt of James Smithson, founder of The Smithsonian Museum. His body was originally buried in Italy but was later transferred to where it is now located in the museum the founded. Entrance is free to the Smithsonian Castle as what it is famously known for. You can buy souvenirs in the shop inside and have... More 

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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There is really nothing inside. A few tidbits of what is in the other museums but for the most part it is just 3D maps of the mall.

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited late in the afternoon, meaning no services were available. We amused ourselves enjoying the architecture, then went out the back door into the garden. Take the time to do this, if you can-it was very peaceful and calming, in an otherwise noisy city.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is the place where everyone should start their touring. I found out so much in such little time. I am truly impresssed about this place.

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paris
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The building itself is beautiful and its red brick stands out among the more classically inspired architecture of the capital. Handy to buy postcards and souvenirs.

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Saint Marys, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Not really crowed because it doesn't have as much in it as the other museum. But nice area to sit and we enjoyed there is a machine that takes your picture and turns it into a mosaic with small pictures of items in the Smithsonians. You can have it emailed to you. There was also a couple of rooms that... More 

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West Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place to visit and to enjoy a cool break from the D.C. heat. Ask for help when you get lost on where you are and where you need to go. Food trucks are located outside on the streets.

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is not much to see on the inside other than the tomb of James Smithsonian. The architecture is beautiful as are the gardens that are on the south side of the building. I enjoyed some peace and quiet in the garden before going on a night time tour of Washington. To add, I only arrive 5 minutes before the... More 

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The old original location for the Smithsonian is a great place to look at. It has a grand facade and the inside is really neat. It isn't chock full of artifacts or anything like that...but it is a great place to stop in to get your bearings if you are not sure what you are heading for.....if you need a... More 

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