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“So many! So do your Homework Ahead of Time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Smithsonian Institution Building

Smithsonian Institution Building
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$75.00*
and up
Washington DC Legend Daytime Comprehensive Tour
Ranked #32 of 405 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Irving, Texas, United States
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101 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“So many! So do your Homework Ahead of Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

There are actually many Smithsonian. Not always totally organized. So do your homework and find out what you are looking for and then seek out that item. Do you want Air & Space or Art? Do you want Natural History and animals or American History and development. Know what you want and give yourself a limit. 2 hours is minimal, but 4 hours will cost you half of a day.

Visited July 2013
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Indianapolis
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63 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“First stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

This should be one of your first stops. It has all the info you will need before you start exploring. Very nice garden area and gift shop.

Visited July 2013
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Illinois
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Place to get started”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

This is the place to go if you have never been to the many Smithsonian museums. Nice luncheon area and many. many helpful people and pamphlets.

Visited June 2013
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Houston, Texas
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49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Open Early! excellent gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We stopped by before our flight out.
As the building is open at 8:30, its one of the earliest attractions. Gardens are impressive. the history of the smithsonian is interesting in its own right.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Ken M
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Boston, MA
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Huge and Old”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

The red brick buildings are very easy to spot on the mall. This place is huge and has many parts so it's a good idea to go to the website first and find out what areas you want to focus on.

Visited June 2013
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