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“Great Starting Point for a DC Museum Adventure”

Smithsonian Institution Building
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Small Group Tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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Private Guided Tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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Small Group Museum of American History, Air and Space Museum
Ranked #35 of 458 things to do in Washington DC
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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
Reviewed January 1, 2014

I have more than once visited "The Castle" as the main building of the Smithsonian is often called. Starting here gives you perspective and a guide to just how much is covered in the entirety of the Smithsonian, with several additional buildings nearby. The history covers everything from Bobby Orr's skates to Dr. James Smithson's crypt. In addition, the gardens and outbuildings are beautiful most seasons of the year. Give your self plenty of time to spend here and then enjoy all the wonderful museums of the National Mall area.

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Reviewed December 29, 2013

I came mainly to see the Hope Diamond but ended up staying longer as the whole museum was fascinating. The exhibitions are done well in and informative and yet attention holding way. I also couldn't believe how big it was inside and just how much there is altogether. If you visit make sure you give yourself time to really explore the museum.

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

Absolutely fantastic, very very moving and depressing at the same time. Made one feel as though you were on of the many prisoners.

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Reviewed December 17, 2013

I love the Smithsonian Museums, and the Smithsonian Institution Building is the perfect place to start your trip if you plan on going to all of the various Smithsonian properties in the city. The building is filled with informative employees, brochures, maps, some small exhibits and is a a great starting point. The cafe is overpriced, but at the same time very good...when I was there most recently there were actually a number of government employees eating there from the nearby office buildings which goes to show the food is more then just tourist fare. There are also clean restroom facilities here as well.

The one drawback is the security, you will find this at all the museums in the city, however I found it to be the most intrusive here. There is a man who stands near the entrance, and he arbitrarily seems to check people's bags. He made me completely dump my backpack out and overall caused a hassle to me, but I don't fault him for doing his job.

Thank CultureHunter
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

I adore the Smithsonian Buildings and what they stand for. The entry was free and you can donate, which I would recommend if you can afford to, in order to maintain the building. The idea of free education is one usually lost in America but this building and its 'family' made me very happy! You will learn something new if you come here, I guarantee it!

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