Family Activities:

Smithsonian Institution (The Castle)


Smithsonian Institution (The Castle)

1000 Jefferson Drive, Washington, 20013-7012, DC

This museum, the largest of its kind in the world, is comprised of 19 specialty museums whose subjects include African Art, Natural History, American History, Air and Space, and Arts and Industries, along with a slew of different art galleries, gardens and even its own zoo!

The average family could most likely spend a week wandering throughout the buildings and still not see the entirety of what the Smithsonian Institution has to offer. And while you may not get to see everything on your first go around, your children will have an absolute blast, and are sure to learn more than they — and you — ever thought possible. Give this one at least a full day on your itinerary.

Popular Smithsonian museums include the National Air & Space Museum, the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Zoo.

Recent Traveler Reviews

Great way to spend some time until the other museums open.

by parksvisitor

We stopped in here around 8:30 A.M. while we were waiting for other museums to open. We were just in time for a tour, which covered the highlights of the displays and Smithsonian history. The…
Really interesting building ...take the Highlights Tour!

by janetratcliffe13

Great place to visit to find out about the history of how the Smithsonian came about. Its one of the few places that opens early so is great if you have a lot to pack…