Smithsonian Institution Building, 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 Building 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 Building represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Washington DC vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • So much to see and learn when going to any Smithsonian, this was a great place to start our journey! 
  • One of the best things about Washington d.c. are the Smithsonian museums are free, very interesting and interactive
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  • It is a beautiful building with beautiful gardens. Inside it you can eat and drink, arrange visits to museums and has wi-fi good speed (although the National Mall has)
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