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Smithsonian Institution Building

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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 6 days ago

Interesting Museum but the best way to experience "The Castle" is with the guided tour. It is so much more informative this way. The story of James Smithson is quite amazing.

Thank Taowalker221b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is nothing to really see at the Smithsonian Institution Building other than a few displays, a small gift shop and café, as the main purpose is to house the administrative offices and an information center. If you do not have much time in DC,...More

Thank digitalroc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A place dedicated to learning but still interesting! Walking through the place makes you feel smarter than normal. They check bags at the door for safety so maybe avoid bringing one.

Thank Maakusu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On the National Mall all the buildings are strikingly different but this one looks out of place and should be a stately home in England, its worth a trip around the outside but also inside to see some of the ground floor items especially the...More

Thank TeamWard
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just walking around and found this remarkable building, the Smithsonian Castle. We looked what is inside since we saw people going in and out of the building. It is a small museum as tribute to James Smithson but also a general collection of displays from...More

Thank Beukel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is amazing. You'll need a minimum of a few hours to see it all. Bring a camera too. No one stopped me from taking photos.

Thank Jef N
Reviewed 6 October 2018

I didn't find much of interest since its about the Smithsonian rather than about a subject. I'd rather spend the time at one of the museums.

Thank AdamLeaves
Reviewed 24 September 2018

This will not take long to see. It is absolutely worthwhile. It tells the story of the Smithsonian. It has an incredible map to help you navigate the many museums. It is a really cool building. Check it out. In fact, start your tour of...More

Thank 950claudep
Reviewed 13 September 2018

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

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Reviewed 2 September 2018 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

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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