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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  • 1800 's 2. built to the present day in half is carefully protected. Gideceklerin may be of interest. .
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  • We stopped in the Smithsonian Institution Building to see where all this got started. The exhibit section in the building is very interesting and the architecture is worth the stop by itself. This is ...  more »
  • The old Smithsonian building is now used exclusively for administrative purposes. The only part open to the public are the pretty front gardens. So, if you happen to be in the vicinity for some other ...  more »