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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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1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0008
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Reviewed July 2, 2017

the color and structure of the building stands out in the mall. easily accessible. We couldn't go upstairs (not sure if it's always closed or temporary). Beautiful castle. there are many rare historical pieces inside (if you love animals, be warned - there are stuffed...More

Thank yumm2011
Reviewed July 1, 2017

This Smithsonian Castle was awesome. I really felt his presences where his memorial was inside. Great man. So glad he had the vision to create all of the great Smithsonians! It is truly amazing to me that he was not even from the United States,...More

Reviewed June 30, 2017

This was the first Smithsonian Museum building to be constructed. It now houses the Smithsonian Visitor Center, as well as offices, etc. It is also called "The Castle." And its appearance does resemble a castle. I began touring this museum at its 8:30 a.m. opening...More

Thank James G
Reviewed June 22, 2017

The Smithsonian Institution Building was the perfect place to rest, grab a quick bite and chill our before our late afternoon museum tour. First, as you are visiting the various museums on the mall, you cannot miss this amazing example of grand architecture. As we...More

Thank Daydreamer025
Reviewed June 14, 2017

Interesting history of the founder of the Smithsonian, as well as temporary exhibits of topical interest. Not a major attraction but gives a worthwhile amount of background to this grreat American treasure.

Thank palekh
Reviewed June 11, 2017

This gives a nice overview of all the Smithsonian Museums and what they offer. It is also the place to ask directions and gather information. The building itself is absolutely stunning.

Thank Cris P
Reviewed June 7, 2017 via mobile

We didn't get a chance to make it into the visitor's center since it was late in the day when we arrived. The outside, however, was beautiful. There is a wonderful garden area surrounding the building making it great for photos.

Thank chickabeegrrl
Reviewed June 7, 2017

Great historic experience. Smithsonian is a vast institution which may take a weeklong visit to tour.

Thank Winsome D
Reviewed May 30, 2017

We only viewed the building from the outside. The building has some nice architecture but it is lacking the majesty of other major landmarks. It is a good place just to spend a few minutes looking at when walking past.

Thank Travelling_Choconut
Reviewed May 24, 2017

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...More

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Kimberly H
January 8, 2017|
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Response from samir b |
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!
Sheron J
September 19, 2016|
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Response from kade1067 | Reviewed this property |
No cost to get in only if you want to see show
December 15, 2014|
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Response from ddoron | Reviewed this property |
Hi, when we visited we didn't see any of these 'digital interactives' to be honest, so obviously we didn't use any.