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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  • Going to this place is magic located between the Capitol and the Washington Memorial amazing location to take pictures and great information. Museums are located in the back take the time and visit th...  more »
  • not one of the most exiting buildings on the mall, but it is definitely worth the stop. this was the last building on the mall we went in to see and it is a nice walk around. the garden on the back si...  more »
  • El edificio y sus jardines delanteros son increibles, cuando fui todo estaba cubierto de tulipanes, ideal para sacarse muchas fotos!