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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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+1 202-633-1000
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Reviewed 30 June 2012

excellent museums, there are 13 altogether. Saw American History and National Air and Space Museum, both were great.

Thank LindaetMichel
Reviewed 30 June 2012

Obviously the floor plan for a museum now is to have big color boards and arcs that wind you around in half circles and invite you to listen to recordings. Casts have replaced many of the items that used to be on display. I was...More

Thank shereen_w
Reviewed 30 June 2012

For the history and antique lovers, don't miss this if you are in Washington!

Thank George T
Reviewed 30 June 2012

These are also the two that are the most crowded and get overrun with children, but that's because they're the best. I recommend skipping a lot of the art museums if you have kids, they'll get bored quickly.

Thank Charlezingalls
Reviewed 29 June 2012

I've been a three times so far - once without kids and twice with kids -- it's crowded, huge, interesting, and just plain awesome. There is SO MUCH stuff to see and discover. Be patient and take your time. Pick your battles and enjoy the...More

Thank cdavis103
Reviewed 29 June 2012

We were short on time so we only hit the highlights of both. Dinosaurs and mummies are a must at the Natural History. Star Spangled Banner Flag, Dorothy's slippers, Kermit were the big hits at the American History. We could've spent a whole day in...More

Thank Ohiomom449
Reviewed 29 June 2012

Go, but plan to be overwhelmed but all there is to take in. You just cannot plan enough time.

Thank Hansfamily
Reviewed 29 June 2012

I am a little challenged writing this review. I guess I just had huge expectations of this museum. It was very nice overall. The first lady and president exhibits were the best. The America at War portion was okay. The other parts were interesting but...More

Thank BusLeis45458
Reviewed 29 June 2012

This is an absolute must to visit if you are interested in flight and space travel. Kids will love this place as well. A must visit option

Thank williedor
Reviewed 29 June 2012

So much to see and do and all free, this city alone is worth the visit , easy to navigate around, and to have the Smithsonian is jsut an added bonus. Differently go to the Holcaust muesuem, go as soona it opens and book your...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