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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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+1 202-633-1000
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Reviewed 4 days ago

not much in this building, but a good example of early 20th century building and gives you an intro to the Smithsonian. does not take long to see.

Thank James W
Reviewed 5 days ago

From the outside this structure is HIGHLY impressive. The architecture and outdoor gardens are beautiful. Photo opportunities are aplenty. Indoors, though, it has little to offer compared to the other attractions on the National Mall. Granted, the indoor architecture is also very inspiring and pulchritudinous....More

Thank bustertheboa
Reviewed 1 week ago

We thought this was just a visitors center, but it was a LOT more than that. We learned the story of the founder and discovered that his tomb is in the building. The architecture is beautiful and the grounds/gardens around the building are gorgeous. There...More

Thank Barry G
Reviewed 1 week ago

When you are on the spree of visiting 'Museums on the National Mall'; #Make it First# to the Smithsonian Institution Building. Administrative office / Information center is located here. Here you can see the miniature plan of all the other attractive places in DC... You...More

Thank Cshastry2
Reviewed 1 week ago

Due to time constraints we were only able to visit 2 museums. The experience was beyond my wildest dreams. Everyone who worked there was friendly,well versed on information and well presented.

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the beautiful gardens outside, to the cool exhibits inside, this building (the Castle) is a great place to visit and perhaps rest a spell from the walking or the heat. The ice cream shop inside is nice too!

Thank NBradC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 22 June 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

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Kimberly H
8 January 2017|
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Response from Barbara C | Reviewed this property |
The tours are also 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
15 December 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.