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Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

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Constructed of Seneca red sandstone in a faux Norman style that combines elements of late Romanesque and early Gothic architecture, Smithsonian Institution houses a visitor center and the administrative offices of over a dozen specialized museums. Nicknamed the "Castle" and finished in 1855, this building consists of a central section, two extensions, and two wings. Four large and five smaller towers are primarily decorative. Two galleries on the second floor contain the visitor information area, which offers free Wi-Fi, interactive displays, and maps. Use the visitor center's computers to find answers to most common questions about this complex of museums, or walk through the northern entrance to visit the tomb of the institution's founder, chemist and mineralogist James Smithson. A visit to Smithsonian Institution represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Washington DC vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • The "Castle" provides a convenient place to hang out if you get to Smithsonian museums before their 10 AM opening. There is a decent coffee shop (but you can find cheaper off the Mall) and lots of inf...  more »
  • The 2 times visited the National Gallery, air and Space Museum, natural history museum, Museum of history. 1 sees quick response, 2 nd saw liked to focus on. All Smithsonian museums, the Museum of fine arts, admission is free, and very good for tourists to travel on a low budget, and where. In particular, air and Space Museum, the National Gallery is great and only lacks the unspeakable.
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  • The Smithsonian Institution and affiliated museums are a must see in DC -- but allow yourself plenty of time because there is so much to see. You also can't beat the price -- many of the museums are f...  more »
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  • My great-grandpa was a photographer for the US Navy for 40 years. Some of his pictures made it in here. Pretty cool.
  • I've enjoyed all the smithsonian museums even though in summer 2014 I couldn't see the trex from the movie
  • Y y'all Dissin' on museums, these things are gr8. Full of cool stuff.
  • hai guy im goin to wdneys yuo wan t anythign
  • this musem was te best thing ever