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Reviewed August 26, 2019 via mobile

We only had time to visit one building, so we chose The Museum of American History. It was fantastic, especially the exhibits and live drama concerning civil rights. There’s much to take in, and there is something to catch the attention and imagination of each visitor. The displays make me proud to be an American.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 26, 2019

The main building of this venerable institution, classic in structure, and given how it is set up, hard to believe that this was once one of the primary showcases of artifacts. There is excellent information on the inside about the institution, it's history, and a look as to how it came about and navigated through the years. A must-see for any history or American history buff!

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed August 19, 2019

The Castle, site of the Smithsonian Museums’ Visitor Centre, is like a heavenly haven in the heat of a mid-summer visit to the National Mall. Located near the middle of the south side of the Mall, it’s perfectly placed either to get your bearings at the start of a visit to the Smithsonian Museums, or to take a break out of the sun in summer (or the cold in winter presumably). There is handy info there on all the other museums and a shop selling souvenirs from across the museum estate. There’s also a small café serving beverages and cakes and crisps and so on. Don’t expect to get a big nutritious meal there, but you will find snacks which will keep body and soul together until your next meal. The loos are also a bonus. There wasn’t a lot of info there about the building itself, which was (just so you know) designed by James Renwick Jr, who’s also responsible for a lot of the churches in Manhattan, and completed in 1855. Parts of it later burned down in 1865; the blaze taking with it all of Smithson’s letters. But it opened again in about 1867 and is now a great place to stop off on the National Mall.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed August 17, 2019

Lovely castle type building with beautiful plants in the gardens. I would encourage everyone to walk into the museums to see what surprises they hold.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed August 11, 2019 via mobile

This felt like it was mostly just information and insight into the Smithsonian institute. Felt there were a lot better to see around here.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank OCDane
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