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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
National Mall
+1 202-633-1000
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This building is wonderful but inside it lacks lustre it tells you information about the other Smithsonian but not much else.

Thank Holiday-Lady25
Reviewed 4 days ago

Cool looking exterior but the inside was lackluster, I repeat, lackluster. nice garden on the backside.

Thank JimDeBerry
Reviewed 1 week ago

The building's unique architecture tempts strollers to venture inside. Small cafe near the entrance inside is clever revenue-generating addition to counter the small collection of displays that include historical information about the Smithsonian. Nevertheless, at least one's curiosity about what's inside gets satisfied with a...More

Thank RetireRight
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visible by the different style of architecture this is well worth a visit to gain some insight into the origins of what has become a huge part of the cultural scene in Washington. Backing on the Mall the building itself is delightful and the surrounding...More

Thank Ray P
Reviewed 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 5 July 2017

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
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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.