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Smithsonian Institution Building

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Neighbourhood: National Mall
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Address: 1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0008
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+1 202-633-1000
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Today
08:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Amazing location

Going to this place is magic located between the Capitol and the Washington Memorial amazing location to take pictures and great information. Museums are located in the back take... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Phoenix, Arizona
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Going to this place is magic located between the Capitol and the Washington Memorial amazing location to take pictures and great information. Museums are located in the back take the time and visit them. It is a great place to start your journey.

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Lake Katrine, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

not one of the most exiting buildings on the mall, but it is definitely worth the stop. this was the last building on the mall we went in to see and it is a nice walk around. the garden on the back side is beautiful. it is also a nice place to stop and rest for awhile before continuing on... More 

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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I find the outside of this building and its gardens more interesting than the hodge podge displayed inside.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The smithsonian castle is a good place for information about the various smithsonian museums. There are some "samples" of exhibits to view. The building also contains a sandwich shop (sandwiches,light snacks, hot dogs, drinks) and a gift shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The stunning Smithsonian Institution Building is known as "The Castle" and is at the heart of the many museums that make up the Smithsonian. The Visitor Information Center staff will help you find everything from the Hope Diamond, art, natural history, and science interests. This beautiful building on the National Mall has a gift shop, exhibits information, a cafeteria, and... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On the Mall , worth a look at the building , information centre staff were very helpful , with limited time we were off to the other Museums

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went here to hear how the entire Smithsonian got started. It was my intent to hear the history. We were lucky and went on an hour long docent led tour. I know a lot of people say there is nothing to see, but if you take the free tour, there is a lot to learn. I gave a nod... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Inside "The Commons" area is incredibly beautiful. Worth walking into the castle. Otherwise, the outside is more impressive, including the garden area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the Smithsonian Castle. It was a quick stop for us. The courtyard was wonderful! We looked in at the crypt and that was interesting.

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Montreal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I loved this venue, saw Discovery space shuttle, Air France Concorde; Boeing 707 amongst tons if other items.

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