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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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This was our drop off and meeting place on a recent bus tour. This is the place to go when looking for directions, getting information on all the Smithsonians as well as grabbing a quick bite to eat or buy a souvenir
There seems to be some confusion by reviewers in this entry. This happens to be its own Smithsonian building separate and apart from all of the various Smithsonian museums that are all around it. This is known as the “Castle” and is the heart of...More
We only had time to visit one building, so we chose The Museum of American History. It was fantastic, especially the exhibits and live drama concerning civil rights. There’s much to take in, and there is something to catch the attention and imagination of each...More
The main building of this venerable institution, classic in structure, and given how it is set up, hard to believe that this was once one of the primary showcases of artifacts. There is excellent information on the inside about the institution, it's history, and a...More
The Castle, site of the Smithsonian Museums’ Visitor Centre, is like a heavenly haven in the heat of a mid-summer visit to the National Mall. Located near the middle of the south side of the Mall, it’s perfectly placed either to get your bearings at...More
It is a nicely kept building with lots of history that goes along with it. Inside you will find the visitor center, kind of nice if you become a donor to the institute, so you get a special tour. Also, there's a cafe to take...More
I was in DC for work. And had a couple of hours open. We went to the visitor center at the castle. They had a self-service kiosk that you could type in your interest your timeframe and some other key information. It mapped out and...More
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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
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 a visitor center and information center. There are some exhibits and interactive stuff for small children. It is a pleasant diversion, but in my opinion not a main attraction.