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Smithsonian Institution Building

Open Now: 08:30 - 17:30
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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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+1 202-633-1000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited while playing hooky from business in Baltimore. Wished we have more than one day to see all there was to see.

Thank BigdogAZ2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You'll spot the Smithsonian Institution Building as it's the stand out red brick building on The Mall set amongst lovely formal gardens. The interior is not as spectacular as the exterior but worth a brief visit for an overview of what's on offer in the...More

Thank CambridgeJo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in here midway through our stay in DC. It provided a nice overview of the history of the Smithsonian and also had cases with displays for each of the museums. A nice place to visit at the start of your trip.

Thank Diane K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The attraction was the building. It is imposing with its architecture and design. Not a lot of people were going inside. You can read the history of the museum and there are interesting pieces of history displayed as well.

Thank cherry t
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

I wanted to check out the “castle,” but no one was available for the guided tour so we headed on out to the other museums.

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

The castle was our first stop in many of the Smithsonian museums. The building and gardens are lovely, our guide had lots of interesting facts that we hadn’t heard before... and all free!

Thank ausnzaus
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Share the history of our country. View the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. Learn of the drafts that were done before the final product. Stand in awe of these sacred documents of our country. Teach your children. Don't miss this attraction...More

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 23 July 2018

I was very intrigued to learn about how all of the Smithsonian museums came to be. I'd like to go back another time for a tour.

Thank Cahurricane
Reviewed 21 July 2018

After living in DC for many years, I made my first trip to the Castle. Well worth the 30 minutes to browse around, as it gives you the history of how Smithsonian Institution was founded/funded, and if a few things in history of the founder...More

Thank highlandbride
Reviewed 17 July 2018

Before commencing the journey of Museums in DC -- worth a visit to this imposing castle to plan out your itenerary in consultation with experts on the subject. A place to pay true homage to the person behind this overall concept including the thinking process...More

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Eran R
27 August 2017|
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Response from bustertheboa | Reviewed this property |
You can see the entire Smithsonian Institution Building in an hour or two, in my opinion. Spend some time outside in the garden and admiring the architecture. Then see the exhibits inside. It isn't so much a museum as it is... More
Kimberly H
8 January 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
19 September 2016|
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Response from kade1067 | Reviewed this property |
No cost to get in only if you want to see show