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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every Smithsonian is just as amazing as the last one. Each stop takes hours to view all the exhibits. I highly recommend all of them. They are all free too. Very family friendly locations for any family trip.

Thank Crystal T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The actual Smithsonian Museums don't open until 10:00, so this is a nice place to visit if you're in the area before the museums open. It's a beautiful building, and has some cool artifacts. If you don't get to it, don't fret. It's nothing to...More

1  Thank Emmabear7410
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The illegitimate aristocrat who donated the money had never ever set foot in the States. What’s that all about! The visitor centre helps you plan your week. It will take that to do all the museums justice. Do them in winter.

Thank Carnalbanagh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw some things we never expected to see. Displays change from time to time and the building is nicely laid out. Just remember, this is one of ten Smithsonian building. & more in DC and 2 in New York. All free so see them...More

1  Thank vlcnyc21
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful building. If you're walking to the different memorials and towards the museums, it's a nice place to stop and rest. There is a ridiculously priced snack bar ($7 for two 12 ounce bottles of water) if you're hungry or thirsty.

1  Thank Annie143Florida
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

being a person of great interest on how everything works and history you could spend a week here alone

1  Thank marc p
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Unless your taking the tour expect to be underwhelmed. It has a small exhibit room where every smithsonian has a small display case up. It opens a half hour before the other smithsonian so if your not taking the tour I would recommend going there...More

1  Thank jess290718
Reviewed 29 October 2017

There are so many Smithsonian museums so the sensible approach is to organise your interests and priorities with some expert advice. Very centrally located so easy to do this before wandering around aimlessly.

2  Thank RonWamberal
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

We enjoy visiting the museums on the National Mall, and this was the first time we visited the Smithsonian Institution Building. It’s mostly a visitor center now, but there is a good-sized section on the history behind the Smithsonian Museums. The architecture and exhibits are...More

1  Thank Michael B
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Great starting point to explore the various sites. Good display to wet your interest. Friendly and very helpful staff.

1  Thank AAleR
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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