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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0008
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Reviewed yesterday

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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Daydreamer025
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Interesting history of the founder of the Smithsonian, as well as temporary exhibits of topical interest. Not a major attraction but gives a worthwhile amount of background to this grreat American treasure.

Thank palekh
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This gives a nice overview of all the Smithsonian Museums and what they offer. It is also the place to ask directions and gather information. The building itself is absolutely stunning.

Thank Cris P
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

We didn't get a chance to make it into the visitor's center since it was late in the day when we arrived. The outside, however, was beautiful. There is a wonderful garden area surrounding the building making it great for photos.

Thank chickabeegrrl
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Great historic experience. Smithsonian is a vast institution which may take a weeklong visit to tour.

Thank Winsome D
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Kimberly H
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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
16 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.