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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
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 Castle

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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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 2 weeks 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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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Start here, and see the crypt of the man who started the Smithsonian Institution. Two rooms of interesting exhibits. The people who work here are very knowledgeable and willing to help you plan your visits. Recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Smithsonian museums are all incredibly interesting but this is one of the more popular ones and its architecture is so different to the other buildings. It can get a little crowded but is a "must see" when on a holiday in DC.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful and a lot of information. A little cramped on a busy day. We visited when weather was in the teens. I was disappointed the park was closed between the Air and Space Museum. We had to walk blocks between museums in the teens and the snow began to fall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A really great place to begin your DC adventure as it has an area for information, restrooms, gift shop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The castle has displays of items from the Smithsonian collection. Gorgeous building inside with vaulted ceilings and gardens in the back are very nice to visit. Always interesting different plants. Small overpriced cafe and gift shop. There are tours in the morning hours if you want to hear more about the building. Opened in 1855. Very well maintained. You can... More 

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