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Smithsonian Institution Building: Tours & Tickets

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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 6 days ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Claudette C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This building has all kinds of history and from just about any subject whether its aerospace, movies or science. If you want fun history then this the place to go. Fun for children and field trips

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Anne S
Reviewed 26 August 2019 via mobile

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

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank bob21651
Reviewed 26 August 2019

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

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank AngeloS160
Reviewed 19 August 2019

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

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Jacqui F
Reviewed 17 August 2019

Lovely castle type building with beautiful plants in the gardens. I would encourage everyone to walk into the museums to see what surprises they hold.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Just_a_normal_mom
Reviewed 11 August 2019 via mobile

This felt like it was mostly just information and insight into the Smithsonian institute. Felt there were a lot better to see around here.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank OCDane
Reviewed 7 August 2019

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mursemedic
Reviewed 22 July 2019 via mobile

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

Date of experience: July 2019
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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
9 January 2017|
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Response from samir_bitar |
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!
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