Smithsonian Institution Building, Washington DC

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.4/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web
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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  • Take a quick tour of the castle and stop at the information boot to plan your day. Check out the gardens. Some exterior renovations underway. 
  • Lady at information desk very helpful you can get your map of the mall and other buildings Large interactive display show you how to get to all of them 
  • Imperative to go. It is the institution that represents the Culture through all museums run by the Smithsonian. Kitsch, even the Lady at the reception represents the seriousness of the Institution. Nice patio to enjoy a drink and ask. In short I love.
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